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Government plans to transport Pds food grains to northeast India by inland waterways


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Describing the National Logistics Policy as another government move aimed at reducing carbon footprint and meeting India’s COP 26 targets by reducing energy waste, DPIIT Secretary Anurag Jain pointed out that waterways are a cheaper mode of transport than roads and railways and the policy aims to change the modal mix of transport in India.

The Secretary of the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Anurag Jain, said CNBC-TV18 that the Union Ministry of Shipping and Waterways and the Food Corporation of India (FCI) are planning to transport food grains through the Public Distribution System (PDS) to North East India through the waterways navigable.

Describing the National Logistics Policy as another government decision aimed at reducing carbon footprint and meeting India’s COP 26 targets by reducing energy waste, Jain pointed out that waterways are a mode of transport cheaper than roads and railways and that the policy aims to change the modal mix. transport in India. Calling the already functioning waterway 1 a cheaper and environmentally friendly mode of transportation, he said developing the remaining waterways will only improve the system.

Jain explained that the current load on Indian roads for transportation is higher than desirable, while it is less for railways and inland waterways. Improving logistics efficiency through multimodal connectivity aims at a conscious move towards increased use of railways and waterways to reduce transport costs, as the cost per tonne per kilometer is double for roads compared to Indian Railways, whose 2030 carbon neutrality target will also make the movement environmentally sustainable.

He said the national logistics policy aims to reduce costs and optimize travel plans, as the visibility of transport modes on the platform will reduce journeys with empty trucks and wagons.

The National Logistics Policy and PM Gati Shakti Program plans to see India reach the global logistics cost benchmark of 8-9% of its GDP by 2030 from the current 13-14%.

The DPIIT secretary said lower logistics costs would not only benefit Indian consumers but also make Indian manufacturers more competitive. He pointed out that the preparation time for Detailed Project Report (DPR) and land acquisition documents has decreased from six months to 1 or 1.5 months with the national logistics policy shortening the development life cycle. of a project. With a logistics operator having to interact with 30 systems in even departments, Jain said the policy was able to identify critical infrastructure gaps and make more optimal decisions.

All ministry systems have been integrated with the Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP) to gain efficiency, reduce costs and enable use in local languages ​​to make the system more widespread across all strata of the spectrum logistics.

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