Multi-modal: Ad­he­sive for in­fra

THE ROADS, PORTS AND OTHER IN­FRA­STRUC­TURE COM­MIT­TEE, PHD Cham­ber re­cently-or­gan­ised Mul­ti­modal Trans­porta­tion Con­clave-2018 in the cap­i­tal. The con­clave saw the pres­ence of 200 in­dus­try del­e­gates.

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Sa­garMala project is ac­tively aim­ing at re­duc­ing the lo­gis­tics cost, im­prov­ing the hin­ter­land con­nec­tiv­ity and dou­bling the con­tri­bu­tion of in­land wa­ter­ways from six to 12 per cent in the coun­try

Kailash K. Ag­gar­wal, Joint Sec­re­tary (Sa­garMala), Min­istry of Ship­ping, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia in­formed the in­dus­try in de­tail about the Sa­garMala project and said, “It has been mov­ing pro­gres­sively and would lead to ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity cre­ation of al­most every port in the coun­try as also cre­ate in­land routes on var­i­ous iden­ti­fied projects as per sched­ule.” In fact, Sa­garMala project is quite ac­tively aim­ing at re­duc­ing the lo­gis­tics cost, im­prov­ing the hin­ter­land con­nec­tiv­ity and dou­bling the con­tri­bu­tion of in­land wa­ter­ways from six to 12 per cent in the coun­try, he men­tioned. Anant

Swarup, Joint Sec­re­tary (Lo­gis­tics), Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try,

Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, said, “Not only the de­part­ment of com­merce but also min­istries of rail­ways, sur­face trans­port, ship­ping and host of others are col­lab­o­rat­ing with one an­other to phase out ob­so­lete rules and reg­u­la­tions for bet­ter lo­gis­tics move­ments.” “The De­part­ment of Com­merce has be­gun to draw up a com­pre­hen­sive long-term plan to ad­dress the tick­lish and pend­ing is­sues per­tain­ing to lo­gis­tics of 22 com­modi­ties,” he fur­ther added. Ac­cord­ing to Kalyana Rama, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Con­tainer Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia (CONCOR), “Scope of mul­ti­modal trans­porta­tion in our coun­try is quite high and it is very much es­sen­tial as it will help in re­duc­ing the high lo­gis­tics cost.”

Bi­nay Ku­mar, Chair­man, Ba­naras House & for­mer Pres­i­dent, PHD Cham­ber, stressed on the fact that mul­ti­modal trans­porta­tion is the need of the hour in our coun­try. “Strong IT in­fra­struc­ture is very much re­quired to build and sup­port a ro­bust mul­ti­modal in­fra­struc­ture in the coun­try. “An ef­fec­tive multi-modal lo­gis­tics and trans­port sec­tor will make our econ­omy more com­pet­i­tive. It is an am­bi­tious plan and a nec­es­sary one for mul­ti­ple rea­sons. For one, ef­fi­cient trans­porta­tion and lo­gis­tics are im­por­tant for boost­ing In­dia’s com­pet­i­tive­ness. Sec­ond, while the con­ven­tional view of de­mand in the lo­gis­tics sec­tor states that it is de­rived de­mand, growth in trans­port and lo­gis­tics en­ter­prises can cre­ate mar­kets for other goods. Third, ef­fi­cient lo­gis­tics net­works can re­duce di­ver­gence in re­gional growth,” said

Ra­jeev Tal­war, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, PHD Cham­ber.

Shar­ing the in­dus­try per­spec­tive,

Ashish Wig, Chair­man, Roads, Ports & Other In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee, PHD Cham­bers. “The most im­por­tant el­e­ment of lo­gis­tics op­er­a­tions is con­tin­u­ous flow of op­er­a­tions in an op­ti­mal way. Be it air, ocean, rail or road, each mode of­fers its dis­tinct ben­e­fit and has some con­straints. A mul­ti­modal setup helps pack­age the best of the modes.”

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