Development of logistics and terminal infrastructure is an ongoing process on Indian Railways and depending on the type of traffic, quantum of traffic and the origin-destination flows, capacity of existing terminals are augmented or new facilities developed.
Setting up of Multi-Modal Logistics Parks (MMLP) through Public Private Partnership (PPP) route is one of the areas identified in the 12th Plan. The Private Freight Terminal (PFT) Policy envisages setting up of freight terminals on private land as a multi user facility. The policy guideline was issued in 2012 and thereafter further liberalized in 2015. At present, 44 PFTs are already functional and approval for 39 more has been given by the Zonal Railways.
This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 22.03.2017 (Wednesday).
Talking about multi-modal logistics parks, the Shipping Minister added that they will act as hubs for freight movement enabling freight aggregation and distribution, provide multi-modal freight transportation with modern mechanised warehousing space and value-added services.
Fifteen logistics parks are planned over the next five years while 20 more are to be developed in the next 10 years.
He said that various state governments have come forward to lead this initiative and the Transport Ministry is going to start pre-feasibility study in two cities – Chennai and Vijayawada.
Another initiative – RFID-based Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) – will enhance the efficacy of collection as 3.5 lakh vehicles have already been fitted with ETC tags.
The minister said there is a huge domestic freight movement in India which needs to be addressed.
Gadkari said that the ministry is ready with a draft policy for development of logistics parks.
“The land from logistics parks can come from states, and we will form a SPV with the state government. In case the land comes from private developer, we will form firm guidelines for land usage and implementation,” he said.
The summit in May will have representation from both Indian and global logistics companies, end-user industries, industry bodies and academia.
The summit will see participation from over 120 exhibitors, top global and Indian speakers and over 1,000 delegates.
All transportation ministries road, rail, waterways, shipping, aviation will come together to create a confluence of ideas.