India boasts of record-breaking efficiency improvements in the Logistics Sector

Showcasing its commitment towards enhancing efficiency in the Logistics Sector, India has substantially reduced the waiting times at toll plazas, and export release times at land ports, India told the World Bank.

The average waiting time at toll plazas has been reduced to just 47 seconds – thanks to FASTag – a significant improvement from the previous waiting time of 714 seconds. Similarly, the export release time at land ports has been reduced to 22 hours in 2022 from 101 hours in 2021.

Sharing its plans to further enhance the nation’s infrastructure, the Indian government during the recent meeting with World Bank officials informed of adding 30,000 km of additional railway tracks by FY31, aiming to expand the railway network and improve connectivity.

It also said that the port capacity will be increased to 2,200 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) by 2030, up from 1,617 mtpa last year. And, the national highways network will see an expansion to 185,000 km by 2030, with 75,000 km designated as four-lane and above.

The meeting- part of the objective of propelling India into the top 25 countries in the World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) was led by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade.

Sumita Dawra, special secretary (logistics) at DPIIT, stated, “We have showcased initiatives in logistics and infra sectors to the World Bank team, and also next-gen reforms in areas such as rail, road, multimodal shifts, EXIM, customs, green logistics.”

As a result of the efforts put in by the nation towards the logistics sector, the country’s ranking on the LPI has improved by six places to 38 out of 139 countries in 2023. This progress highlights India’s commitment to improving its logistics capabilities and facilitating smoother trade and transportation, the government has said.

Dawra, during the meeting also discussed various measures aimed at enhancing efficiency and streamlining logistics operations in the country such as integrated logistics parks, digitized systems for freight data analytics, and the simplification of processes.

The railway ministry aims to lay an additional 80,000 km of rail tracks in the next 25 years and increase rail containerization to 35% by 2031.

India is actively working towards implementing a land port management system by June next year. This system will aid in tracking consignments, mechanizing cargo handling, and facilitating competitively priced shipments. The Land Ports Authority of India is also looking to develop 26 new land ports over the next five years, further enhancing India’s logistics infrastructure.