New Delhi: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has invited bids for the preparation of detailed project reports (DPRs) for 44 freight corridors, inter-corridors and feeder routes to reduce the cost and time of the freight movement across the country, a road ministry statement said.

This is part of the road ministry’s logistic efficiency enhancement programme (LEEP), which aims to enhance freight transportation and the logistics infrastructure.

NHAI has invited bids for the preparation of DPRs for the identified 15,000 km freight routes under the first phase. Bids have been invited in 45 packages of about 300 km each, the statement said.

In order to ensure minimum time taken for conducting surveys for the project, the preparation of the DPRs would involve using latest and innovative technologies such as light detection and ranging (LiDAR) remote sensing method, satellite mapping and ground penetration radar (GPR). Such technologies will make data collection comprehensive with accurate measure points.

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In June, the ministry had shortlisted 15 locations with the highest freight movement for the development of multimodal logistics parks worth Rs32,853 crore under LEEP.

LEEP was implemented by the road ministry last year in a bid to strengthen the logistics infrastructure of the country by improving cost, time, tracking and transferability of consignments by the way of infrastructure, procedural and IT interventions.

Nitin Gadkari, minister of road transport and highways and shipping had said in a briefing last month that the ministry aims to bring down the logistics cost of the country from the current 18% to 6% of the gross domestic product (GDP).

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