In a bid to transform
India’s transport and logistics sector and drive efficiency, the
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) is organising the India
Integrated Transport and Logistics Summit 2017 (IITLS), a one-of-a-kind
global conference which will see stakeholders from around the world
converge in Delhi between 3rd and 5th May 2017 to create a great
confluence of ideas and generate stellar opportunities.
In the run-up to the show, MoRTH held a road show in Mumbai at March
30,2017 where Shri Nitin Gadkari, Honourable Minister of Road, Transport
and Shipping and the patron of IITLS laid out the objective of the
conference – to improve the state of logistics in India and shift to
cleaner and greener modes along with an emphasis on multi-modal
In his address to the audience, Mr Gadkari said, “transforming India’s
logistics from a Point-to-Point model to a Hub-and-Spoke model will
achieve reduction in logistics costs. The multi-modal infrastructure
will also improve the logistics efficiency. The Ministry of Road
Transport and Highways has already undertaken several initiatives in
this regard and these initiatives open up multiple investment
His expectation is that through engagement in the conference, global
companies will have a clear vision of the vast opportunity that lies in
India’s transport and logistics sector and will be interested in making
monetary and technical investments to leverage it.
To improve logistics, MoRTH is planning to set up 35 Multi-Modal
Logistics Parks in strategic locations which will cater to 50% of the
freight movement. Additionally, MoRTH is undertaking the Logistics
Efficiency Enhancement Program (LEEP) with an aim to enhance ~56,000 km
of freight corridors. These corridors will have improved port and
coastal connectivity along with electronic toll collection for seamless
movement which will lead to ~25% reduction in travel time and reduce the
logistics cost by ~10%.
Indian Railways has chalked out a 9-themed Action Plan, within which
several initiatives are aimed at boosting freight movement on railways.
Ministry of Shipping is undertaking the ambitious Sagarmala project
which encompasses 200 port-led development projects and will lead to
deepening of draft and mechanization of berths, reduction in turnaround
time, improved cargo handling and storage, etc.
The recently introduced The National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 aims for
10 million tonnes cargo capacity and increase cargo volume by four times
by 2027. Air Freight Stations (AFS) will be developed for easier and
smoother freight operations.
There is also the necessity of the state-of-the-art technologies to
support these developments to bring about a holistic growth of the
The ministry, especially Mr Gadkari, expects that these initiatives,
with proper support from global experts, can make India’s logistics
sector cleaner, greener and more efficient. Such holistic development of
the transport and logistics sector will play an enabling role in making
India one of the most advanced economies of the world.