The government should consider an integrated transport department and set up a single agency to deal with logistics: Moneycontrol panel to the national logistics policy
The central government should consider integrating all transport departments into one entity to address all issues related to cargo movement and logistics in India, said Vijay Chhibber, a former secretary at India’s Ministry of Roads and Highways.
speaking at the Moneycontrol Policy Next Event in Delhi, the Director General of Energy Power Transmission said that despite the central government’s efforts in recent years to develop the physical and digital infrastructure in the logistics industry in India, the implementation on the ground has not been massive transformation.
“The road sector is still the largest sector in terms of cargo transportation in India, Indian railways and shipping still lag behind despite government efforts in recent years,” Chhibber said.
Ministries of Transport include the Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the Ministry of Railways, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
He added that in order to facilitate changes on the ground and reduce logistics costs in India, the government should at least consider setting up its own agency to work with ministries and state governments to address logistics issues in the country.
Similarly, Jaffrey Thomas, Partner Logistics and Transport Infrastructure PwC India, said the government needs to come up with a policy and an investment plan to set up multimodal logistics hubs in India.
He added that the government should also seek to issue a nationwide policy to encourage Indian Railways freight transport.
Teamlease Regtech CEO Rishi Agarwal also said that facilitating business transactions and regulatory cholesterol lowering are areas that are essential to any dialogue about faster and cheaper logistics movements in India.
Jet Set Go founder and CEO Kanika Tekriwal said the government should try to create dedicated cargo airports in India.
She added that India does not yet have its own airport for cargo traffic and having its own airport close to ports is the need of the hour for the country.
Tekriwal also said the government should examine policies to encourage domestic airlines to expand cargo operations in India.
Jaffrey Thomas added that the introduction of the Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP) as part of the National Logistics Policy is a very positive step towards integrating government data on a single platform.
He added that most organizations in India will soon start using the ULIP platform for logistics data.