Government targets increasing average speed of intercity movement of cargo by 2-3 times | India News


NEW DELHI: The government has set the target to increase the average speed of intercity movement of cargo by 2-3 times from the current 24 kmph by 2047. The roadmap prepared for the next 25 years also focuses on expanding the length of expressways and access-controlled highways to 35,000 km from the current 320 km and to increase the share of rail passengers using high and semi-high speed trains to 60% for intercity travel.
The infrastructure ministries have prepared the blueprint titled “Infrastructure Vision @India 2047” document and have spelt out the plan for massive expansion and augmentation of physical infrastructure. The document, which was presented at a recent meeting chaired by cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba, has set a target to expand the Metro rail and other mass rapid transit system network to 5,000 km across 75 cities compared to the current cumulative length of 754 km in 27 cities.
“As cities will continue to be the economic growth centres, improving mobility has to meet the growing demand. Good and seamless mobility is directly linked to economic activities. The focus will also be on tier-2 and tier-3 cities. There is a big thrust on increasing the effective speed of public transport as well. The provision for tri-modal connectivity — road, rail and mass transport — has been envisaged in all cities with more than five lakh population,” said a source.
With the government focusing more on faster movement of cargo, there has been a lot of focus on improving logistics movement and the targets have been made considering the global benchmark. For example, the average speed of trucks in the United States is 80 kmph, nearly three times more than in India. Similarly, the vision document has set the target to increase the modal share of railways in freight transport to 4-45% by 2030 compared to the current share of 28%.
In the port sector, the document focuses on reducing the average turnaround time (TAT) of container vessels at Indian ports from the current 26 hours to 20 hours. The TAT is used to measure the efficiency of port operations. To achieve this, the target has also been set for four-fold augmentation in port capacity to handle freight, from the current 2,500 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 10,000 MTPA by 2047.
The railway ministry has envisaged full digitalisation and automation of train operations, and to meet all liabilities from internal revenues. The government also has an ambitious plan for five hyperloop routes for passenger transportation and two for cargo transportation connecting ports to hinterland.


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