Cargo Talk - - Opinion -

There will be com­pe­ti­tion as long as each mode has ca­pac­ity to com­pete with each other.

Gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion through the right reg­u­la­tory frame­work and com­mer­cial in­cen­tivi­sa­tion should be the right ap­proach.

The share of road trans­port in re­spect of freight has in­creased from 11 per cent in 1950-51 to 58 per cent in 1985-86 and then de­clined to 40 per cent in 1992.

But the share of rail­ways in re­spect of freight has come down from 89 per cent in 1950-51 to 42 per cent in 1985-86 and then again in­creased to 60 per cent in 1992 and then re­mained al­most the same in 2005-06.

Such com­pe­ti­tion has en­hanced the level of ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity but it has also gen­er­ated var­i­ous prob­lems in the trans­porta­tion sys­tem.

To re­move waste­ful com­pe­ti­tion, there should be proper rail-road co­or­di­na­tion in the coun­try.

It is not only com­pe­ti­tion but in­se­cu­rity of busi­ness also that comes into play un­til gov­ern­ment does not makes any sta­ble pol­icy to de­fine the terms with par­tic­i­pa­tion from the fra­ter­nity.

Com­pe­ti­tion hap­pens when sim­i­lar ser­vices are catered at sim­i­lar prices which is not the case in In­dia for modes avail­able i.e sur­face/ train and train.

This can only be done with trans­par­ent col­lab­o­ra­tion of all stake hold­ers in busi­ness with a ‘to do’ ap­proach.

A modal shift in­volves the de­mand aug­men­ta­tion of a trans­port mode at the cost of an­other, although a modal shift can in­volve an ab­so­lute growth in both of the con­cerned modes.

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