Dawra suggests stakeholder communication as the key to reduce logistics cost

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has been conducting regional workshops to facilitate wider adoption of the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan across states. In that direction, Sumita Dawra (Special Secretary, Logistics, DPIIT) suggested communication between the states/UTs and business associations & stakeholders as a way to identify issues related to reducing logistics cost and bringing efficiency.

She suggested that an inter-departmental services improvement group may be formed to address logistics-related issues and action plans may be formulated for bringing down logistics cost duly identifying priority areas for taking up multimodal infrastructure related interventions, according to a statement from the ministry of commerce and industry.

Dawra’s suggestions took the practical route of mapping freight flows for demand-driven approach to logistics efficiency, working on the PPP model to create logistics infrastructure, involving start-ups for solutions to promoting logistics efficiency, and using technology in planning and implementation of infrastructure development.

The first regional workshop for Central and Western Zone was organised on February 20, 2023, in Goa. The second regional workshop with nine states/UTs of the southern region was organised on March 10 and 11 in Kochi, Kerala. These southern states are Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andaman and Nicobar, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry.

The regional workshops highlighted the best practices followed by states/UTs in the area of infra development, and the establishment of state logistics policies and city logistics plans. The agenda for these workshops also included discussions on the Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) performance of various states, multimodal connectivity, and port connectivity.

A few highlights of the workshops were:

A presentation was made by the Cochin Port Authority followed by panel discussion with four major ports of Cochin, Kamarajar Vishakhapatnam and New Mangalore port. A site visit to Kochi was also organised to study Port Connectivity and Coastal projects.

States and UTs also presented an overview of their Logistics Policy.

Tamil Nadu presented a focus on reduction of cost of logistics for export-import as well as domestic trade in the State which is expected to be reduced by 5-6 per cent.

Karnataka presented its focus on improving the State’s performance in logistics.

Andhra Pradesh highlighted their objective to address infrastructure gaps in logistics & supply chain and to promote trade from the East Coast.

Telangana underlined its objective of developing a robust logistics ecosystem through MMLPs, dry ports, Cold storages etc.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands presented its focus on reducing logistics cost by enhancing efficiency by enabling multimodal connectivity.

The Gati Shakti NMP, launched in 2021, is a transformative approach that enables integrated planning and synchronised implementation for multimodal and last mile connectivity across the country. It carries a vision to break departmental silos in the government and institutionalise holistic planning for stakeholders across major infrastructure projects.

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