Mul­ti­modal trans­porta­tion: Vi­sion of Niti Aayog

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Ravin­der Goyal, IRTS, Ad­viser (In­fra­struc­ture Con­nec­tiv­ity), NITI Aayog, in con­ver­sa­tion with Anil Devli, CEO, INSA, de­ci­phers the role of Niti Aayog in pro­mot­ing mul­ti­modal lo­gis­tics.

Anil Devli: What is your role as Ad­vi­sor, In­fra­struc­ture Con­nec­tiv­ity at NITI Aayog and what is the vi­sion of Niti Aayog as far as mar­itime sec­tor is con­cerned?

Ravin­der Goyal: There are a lot of mis­con­cep­tions about the role of Niti Aayog in the trans­port sec­tor. Niti Aayog has evolved from the ear­lier role of plan­ning com­mis­sion which was ba­si­cally ap­prais­ing the state’s plans and the min­istries plans and reg­u­lat­ing the fund­ing also. Sub­se­quently when Niti Aayog was trans­formed into an or­gan­i­sa­tion, the role given to Niti Aayog is that of a think tank and an ac­tion tank. The whole idea is that it should be able to drive the pol­icy of In­dia. To this end Niti Aayog for the past three years or­gan­ises work­shops, writes pol­icy pa­pers, con­sults var­i­ous stake­hold­ers across in­dus­tries.

Fo­cus­ing par­tic­u­larly on mul­ti­modal trans­port, the man­date for Niti Aayog is:

1. As there are sec­to­rial im­bal­ances and modal im­bal­ances in the trans­port sec­tor, the freight has shifted from rail to road. Ear­lier the road share used to be much less than 14-15 per cent at the time of in­de­pen­dence, now the road’s share is al­most 67-68 per cent. this has its own draw­backs in the sense rail­ways de­spite be­ing the eco­nom­i­cal mode of trans­port is car­ry­ing much less freight than what it should be car­ry­ing. The re­sult is con­ges­tion on roads, av­er­age speed has de­creased and cost of lo­gis­tics has gone up. One man­date for Niti Aayog is to cor­rect the im­bal­ances in the modal mix. For in­stance, coastal ship­ping is cur­rently play­ing a very mi­nor role in lo­gis­tics. The ca­pac­ity at the ports is grow­ing at the rate of 16 per cent an­nu­ally, whereas the cargo is only grow­ing at 5 per cent. The port ca­pac­ity is still un­der­utilised, so there

Ap­pro­pri­ate pol­icy frame­work and favourable reg­u­la­tions form the cor­ner stone for the growth of any sec­tor and lo­gis­tics is no dif­fer­ent. At the CEO Con­clave, Ravin­der Goyal, IRTS, Ad­viser (In­fra­struc­ture Con­nec­tiv­ity), NITI Aayog, in con­ver­sa­tion with Anil Devli, CEO, INSA, de­ci­phers the role of Niti Aayog - a think tank driv­ing pol­icy for­mu­la­tion in In­dia, in pro­mot­ing mul­ti­modal lo­gis­tics.

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