Cargo Talk - - Opinion -

The strat­egy in­volves a re­set of In­dia’s lo­gis­tics sec­tor from a ‘point-to-point’ model to a ‘hub-and-spoke’ model. Gov­ern­ment of In­dia aims at set­ting up 400 re­gional air­ports with fa­cil­i­ties for pre-cool­ing cold stor­ages among other lo­gis­tics solutions. The es­tab­lish­ment of multi-modal lo­gis­tics hub near air­port where air cargo po­ten­tial ex­ists will cer­tainly ease all pro­cesses pro­vid­ing just-in-time cargo fa­cil­i­ties with re­duced cost. It’s never too late but the ac­cel­er­a­tion that has started with the new regime should take ev­ery pend­ing is­sue within proper time­frame and strict mon­i­tor­ing of per­for­mance of con­trac­tors or be it Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship. So far, high­ways, ports, in­land water­ways and rail­ways were part of the multi-modal lo­gis­tics hubs initiatives in In­dia. Those hubs would now be lo­gis­ti­cally com­plete by es­tab­lish­ing the vi­tal link with avi­a­tion sec­tor. Any sin­gle mode of trans­port can­not per­form ef­fec­tively un­less it is a part of a mul­ti­modal trans­port sys­tem. The chal­lenge will be to cre­ate a smooth chain to make multi-modal suc­cess­ful, as even cur­rently we find some de­lays in air-to-air sec­tor it­self. The com­mon IT plat­form and sin­gle win­dow is the only solution oth­er­wise this may lead to a big­ger is­sue.

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