Eleven ministries and departments, spanning industry, railways, and ports, convened to discuss strategies for enhancing India’s Logistics Performance Index (LPI) ranking.
Sumita Dawra, Special Secretary (Logistics) at DPIIT, while emphasising the importance of a targeted action plan to improve the country’s logistics efficiency said that the stakeholder efforts will be presented to the World Bank LPI team, with discussions occurring fortnightly to assess progress across LPI parameters.
LPAI highlighted the implementation of a digitized Land Port Management System, reducing cross-border dwell time from 57 days to under 24 hours.
The Ministry of Railways has planned various initiatives, including rail containerization development and exploring railway siding feasibility at Land Ports. The development of rail containerisation at ports and freight terminals is expected to increase the rail container loading from 80 million tonnes recorded last year by three times by FY’31.
Manoj Gangeya, ED(planning), Ministry of Railways had mentioned the goal of tripling rail container loading by FY’31.
CBIC Director R Ananth announced the launch of Custom Revenue Control Laboratories in Guwahati by December 23, aiding in chemical analysis for trade commodities.
The participating ministries include Civil Aviation, Shipping and Waterways, Coal, Civil Aviation, Commerce, Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and, National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (NICDC).