The government is working on a single logistics law for all modes of transport: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday that the government is working on a single logistics law for all modes of freight transport to eliminate duplication of operations and simplify procedural requirements.

The Minister of Land Transport and Highways also said that the public-private partnership model should be encouraged to develop the air freight infrastructure in the country.

“The government is working on a single logistics law for all modes of freight transport to eliminate duplication of operations and simplify procedural requirements.

“This system will facilitate multimodal transport in the true sense,” Gadkari said while addressing the 12th DACAAI AGM.

While noting that the logistics cost for India is currently around 14 per cent of the GDP, Gadkari said the government’s goal is to reduce the logistics cost to 8 per cent.

He pointed out that the share of air freight in the domestic aviation market is very low and the challenges are many.

Gadkari stressed that “aviation infrastructure must be developed using the latest technologies… If we can make aviation infrastructure efficient and accessible, it will make a huge difference.”

Noting that air freight has the greatest advantage in terms of speed, he said, “We have a huge flight capacity, and the utilization should be improved by taking appropriate measures.”

While noting that economic viability is very important, Gadkari said domestic air freight is more suitable for transporting fuel, vegetables, flowers and seafood.

He pointed out that old defense aircraft can be used to transport fish and fruits to reduce the transit time of these products.

“If we can transport larger quantities by air, the logistical cost will be reduced,” the minister said.

Gadkari also said biofuels can be used as aviation fuel because aviation turbine fuel (ATF) is expensive.

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