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There is stress on de­vel­op­ing other in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing the hu­man cap­i­tal. The area of con­cern is the speed of pro­cess­ing and mul­ti­plic­ity of pro­cesses. A so­lu­tion which com­pels the pro­moter of the main in­fra­struc­ture to in­vest seems an eas­ier op­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the NPP, the green­field ports are likely to come up at Sagar in West Ben­gal, Paradip outer har­bour in Odisha, Enayam in Tamil Nadu and Vad­ha­van in Ma­ha­rash­tra. The new govern­ment is tak­ing ini­tia­tives for bet­ter­ment of roads near to the ports but by the time the plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion will be done, the in­creas­ing vol­ume leads to con­ges­tion at the ports. The govern­ment must not de­velop any new port un­til un­less the present ports are not fully de­vel­oped and ex­haus­tive. With a view to con­sol­i­dat­ing the ef­fi­cien­cies of the coun­try’s port as­sets and build­ing a sus­tain­able port-led de­vel­op­ment model, In­dia needs to aug­ment in­vest­ments to­wards de­vel­op­ing a transna­tional multi-modal con­nec­tiv­ity model. Stake­hold­ers across the sup­ply chain need to place onus on rolling out an ef­fi­cient in­ter­modal freight trans­port sys­tem which will en­sure re­duced dwell-time at ports and im­prove last-mile con­nec­tiv­ity with speed­ier move­ment of car­goes.

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