Eas­ing var­i­ous modes of trans­porta­tion

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Asia Ship­ping In­dia, talks about im­me­di­ate eval­u­a­tion of fa­cil­i­ties in all modes of trans­porta­tion of goods with a view to in­te­grate them.

Cargo Talk - - Expertspeak -

The in­fras­truc­tural net­work of the fa­cil­i­ties for move­ment of cargo have, un­for­tu­nately, not kept pace with the shift in the na­ture of goods car­ried with the rapid in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment within the coun­try. The de­vel­op­ment of each mode of trans­port is be­ing planned and ex­e­cuted in a stand­alone man­ner and there is no co-or­di­na­tion among the var­i­ous agen­cies and au­thor­i­ties re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ment of each one of them.

Move­ment of goods

Wa­ter­ways within the coun­try have not been considered a vi­able op­tion for move­ment of goods and no se­ri­ous at­tempt has been made of util­is­ing what­ever sea­sonal avail­abil­ity is there.

Roads have been the most pop­u­lar mode of trans­port for move­ment of the goods within the coun­try. How­ever, main­te­nance and de­vel­op­ment of the high­ways has not kept pace with the in­crease in de­mand. High cost of fuel has also af­fected the com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity of this mode for move­ment of goods.

As far as move­ment of goods by air is con­cerned, lack of in­fra­struc­ture for han­dling and trans­port of goods and higher costs, pri­mar­ily at­trib­uted to high fuel costs, is lim­it­ing the use of this mode of trans­port to the avail­able ca­pac­i­ties only. Lack of de­vel­op­ment of cargo fa­cil­i­ties at re­gional air­ports has also forced move­ment of goods by road.

Rail­ways has been car­ry­ing most of the bur­den of trans­porta­tion of goods. But here also the ca­pac­ity aug­men­ta­tion has not kept pace with the in­crease in vol­umes. Of late, de­vel­op­ment of ded­i­cated freight cor­ri­dors has been taken up which is ex­pected to ease the pres­sure on the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

All is not lost

But all is not lost as yet. Each one of the modes of trans­porta­tion is be­ing de­vel­oped by the con­cerned agen­cies. With the stress by the Gov­ern­ment on in­crease in do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion, par­tic­u­larly aimed at rapid growth in ex­ports, an in­te­grated and holis­tic ap­proach needs to be evolved for the op­ti­mum util­i­sa­tion and bal­anced de­vel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture for move­ment of goods in the coun­try.

With the stress by the Gov­ern­ment on in­crease in do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion, a holis­tic ap­proach needs to be evolved

Amit Tan­don Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Asia Ship­ping In­dia, & In­dia Cargo Award win­ner 2016

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