Logistics

‘Sagarmala project will reduce logistics lost drastically’

Ch.R.S. Sarma Visakhapatnam | Updated on April 04, 2018 Published on April 04, 2018

Port modernisation and capacity augmentation, port connectivity, port-led industrialisation and development of coastal communities are four main components of the Sagarmala.   -  The Hindu

As part of Sagarmala, estimated to cost over Rs 8 lakh crore, 562 projects would be taken up in the country between 2015 and 2035.

The ongoing Sagarmala project, launched in 2015, will drastically reduce the logistics cost in the country and make the industry competitive, according to Kailash Kumar Aggarwal, Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Shipping, who is in-charge of the project.

At present, logistics cost in the country is in the range of 14-16 per cent against 8-10 per cent in other countries.

He was speaking here on Tuesday at a seminar on enhancing port and coastal infrastructure, organised by the Union Ministry of Finance, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The seminar was organised as a run-up event to the annual conference of the AIIB being held in Mumbai in June.

Aggarwal said that as part of Sagarmala, estimated to cost over Rs 8 lakh crore, 562 projects would be taken up in the country between 2015 and 2035.

“Port modernisation and capacity augmentation, port connectivity (including coastal shipping and inland waterways), port-led industrialisation and development of coastal communities such as fishermen are four main components of the Sagarmala," he said.

Capacity of the ports would go up to 3,500 million tonnes by 2025 from 2,000 mt now. "A total of 112 port projects have been taken up, of which 50 have been completed and the rest are in various stages of implementation. The total estimated cost of these projects is Rs 70,000 crores," he explained.

Multi-modal logistics parks

Aggarwal added that 15 multi-modal logistics parks would also be set up at a cost of Rs 3,553 crore, as part of Sagarmala, which would truly transform the sector. He said the AIIB, the ADB and other multi-lateral development banks would have to play a key role in the project.

Yee Ean Pang, Director-General of Investment, AIIB, said the bank was ready to invest heavily in the Indian port sector and in developing supporting infrastructure. But suitable projects would have to be identified and the private sector should also take a lead role in the matter.

Viswapati Trivedi, former Secretary in the Union Ministry of Shipping, said a number of projects had been taken up at the Indian ports in recent years through public-private partnership (PPP) mode and "even though some of them have run into difficulties, most of them are doing well in spite of a few initial difficulties. Several projects in the Vizag port have been taken up successfully. Therefore, it is the way to go."

Amitabh Kundu, Fellow, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), presided over the inaugural. G S Shiv Kumar, the former chairman of CII (AP), welcomed the gathering.

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Published on April 04, 2018
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