'Transport and logistics infra for western India'
IMC Action Plan
Indian Merchants' Chamber's Infrastructure Committee is commissioning a
multidimensional study to come up with a conceptual plan for streamlining and
integrating the various modes of surface transportation and logistics systems
for smooth and expeditious movement of goods and commodities for the western
region i.e. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The
Chamber will present the plan to chief ministers of these states and also to the
Government of India suggesting the importance and the advantages of this
infrastructure plan for the national economy and the state economies.
The experts of the Infrastructure Committee, headed by Suneet Maheshwari,
unanimously recommend that the IMC's initiative on the integration of interstate
logistics should begin in the western region only, as it contributes almost
one-third of India's GDP.
This study will consider all other major, minor, state government and central
government infrastructure projects, while modelling the infrastructure project
for western region with an aim to move goods and passengers within six hours
form origin to destination within the region of five states.
According to the Chairman, Suneet Maheshwari, "The successful completion of this
project would in the next three or four years serve as a model for emulation by
other regions in the country. The streamlining and integration of the logistics
systems will lead to reducing the delays in logistics and transportation
bottlenecks and reduce the prices of goods and commodities, and make them more
competitive in the global market."
The infrastructure project for western region will attract more investment for
the region and generate huge employment in various sectors leading to reduction
in per capita poverty, standard of life and enhance government revenue.
(M.N. Chaini is President of Indian Merchants' Chamber
[January 12-18, 2009]