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.
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.”