New Delhi - In India, it’s important that the logistics ecosystem is made more efficient. The PM Gati Shakti National master plan has been launched by The Honourable Prime Minister to ensure that infrastructure planning happens in a multimodal manner, boosting connectivity to the manufacturing centers, and easing the export-import flow of goods and mobility of labor and passengers, Sumita Dawra, Special Secretary (Logistics), Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Govt. of India was recent quoted as saying in an recent interview.
“All the infrastructure works are being planned on that National master plan. At the same time, we are also improving the logistics-related services be it regarding ports or customer services to emphasize building a more efficient logistics ecosystem.
By 2030, we aim to be in the top 25 countries in terms of the Logistics Performance Index, from the current ranking of 38. In the past few years, our ranking has already improved by 16 places.”
On removing existing Infra bottlenecks, she said, “While we are planning any major infrastructure project, whether a railway Freight Line or an expressway, we have to look at connectivity to the existing infrastructure, which could be Panchayati Raj roads or state highways. We also need to ensure connectivity to manufacturing clusters, as well as to social assets such as schools or points of tourist interest.
Optimum alignment and connectivity are essential to promote multi-modal logistics. This is the lens via which we look at major infrastructure projects.
GIS-based Gati Shakti and National Master Plan is crucial towards these objectives. It helps us in data-based decision- making and avoiding disruptions around forest areas, wildlife sanctuaries, and areas of ecological interest.”
On supply chain disruption, she opined, “It’s crucial for supply chains to have good connectivity around manufacturing areas so that raw materials reach manufacturing clusters, and the finished products reach the markets efficiently. It is vital to reduce last-mile gaps.
We have identified about 156 critical infrastructure gaps. This has resulted in a comprehensive port connectivity plan as well. We are now sanctioning projects to take care of the infrastructure gaps and streamline the movement of raw material as well as manufactured goods that will bring down the cost of logistics and attract capital.”
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