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NEW DELHI : The country’s logistics costs, which at present is 16% of India’s GDP, will reduce to 9% by the end of 2024 aided by India’s growing infrastructure, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday.

Addressing, Assocham’s annual general meeting, 2023, Gadkari assured that country’s high logistics cost will be brought down to 9% by 2024 end bringing it at par or better than the developed economies of the world. “We are working keeping this target in mind," the minister said. 

Logistics cost is around 12% in major European countries and the United States while it is around 8% in China. Lower logistics cost helps optimise cost across the supply chain and makes Indian products competitive in global markets. 

Gadkari said that if the logistics cost were to reduce by 7% from 16% to 9%, the country’s will rise by one and a half time. “To save money is to earn money," the minister told industry participants at the event. 

 “To accomplish this ( reduction in logistics cost), the government is focusing on improving both roadways and railways. We are building green highways and industrial corridor with focus on reducing the distance between major cities and hubs," he further added. 

Talking about some of the key national highway projects Gadkari said, “After completion of the Delhi-Mumbai expressway, people can travel between Delhi and Mumbai in just 12 hours; Nagpur Mumbai in 5 hours and Nagpur Pune in 6 hours. This will help reduce the logistics cost. We are building tunnels in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and these are going to reduce the distance drastically. For example from Manali to Rohtang pass it us to take a travel time of 3 ½ hours and now with Atal Tunnel, one can cross the tunnel in just 45 minutes and reach in 8 minutes after coming out of the tunnel."

Discussing about saving fuel cost by focusing on alternative fuel Gadkari said, “Our focus should be on converting waste to wealth. For example, Delhi has three mountains of solid waste. Within next two years this waste will be used in road construction, flattening the waste fields. Delhi NCR also suffers from the problem of rice straw (parli) burning causing high level of pollution. We are focussing on developing outer-outer ring road which passes over 13 railways lines. Roadmap has been prepared to shift wholesale markets and warehouses to designated zones around this zone. This will decongest Delhi- commercial vehicles will bypass entry into Delhi, reducing pollution problem."

Giving more insights, he said, “Central Road Research Institute in collaboration with Central Road Research Institute has developed technology to convert rice straw (parli) into bitumen which will be used for road projects. This will not only help in reducing pollution but also save on the import cost of bitumen. With the help of technology rice straw (parli) is also being converted in bio ethanol and considered as alternative fuel. Our focus has also shifted towards hydrogen as alternative fuel. There are three types of hydrogen namely brown hydrogen from petroleum, black hydrogen from coal and green hydrogen from water. Indian Chemical Research Institute is already engaged in developing technology to build up biomass, which biotechnologically will yield methane and consequent green hydrogen without using power for electrolyzing water."

 “The aim is to reduce the cost of hydrogen as fuel to $1 which in turn will run a vehicle up 450 Kilometres. Green hydrogen is a futuristic fuel and help run transportation and various other industries without power. It can be used in aviation and railways. The problem of power plants producing fly ash solved. Fly ash now being utilized in road construction as mix with bitumen and cement. I personally feel that our priority should be ethics, economy, ecology and environment. So, our focus should be from waste to wealth," he said.

Acknowledging ASSOCHAM’s contribution to nation’s growth, the minister said “I would like to thank ASSOCHAM for helping us save 5 thousand crores in the Zoji-La Tunnel project, the project cost of which was estimated at 12 thousand crores. This has been made possible with the contribution ASSOCHAM in a very conducive environment and is a saving for the nation."

Earlier, Sumant Sinha President ASSOCHAM, while delivering the welcome address said, “Policy interventions on green hydrogen can catapult India into a major green economy. It can create value changes that can help us leapfrog to a clean-energy future. “Empowering India’s youth in Amrit Kaal will take us on the way to becoming a developed nation in the next 25 years and ASSOCHAM’s vision of Bharat@100 will play an important role, he said. 

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Updated: 28 Mar 2023, 07:23 PM IST
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