For developing an integrated and efficient logistics ecosystem in the country, much of the action lies in the cities - this is where the first and last mile operations of supply chains take place. Cities therefore need to develop supply chain awareness so that in due course, rather that regulating / restricting freight flows around times and locations of congestion, they ‘plan for freight flows’ – existing and future. If this is done, benefits will be reaped not only by city stakeholders but the entire economy, as we cut our logistics costs and integrate with global supply chains.
Planning for city logistics would essentially involve: mapping the current state of commodity flows and existing logistics infrastructure, understanding current bottlenecks and choke points, mapping future commodity flows, and preparing comprehensive City Logistics Plans. Key focus areas for City Logistics could be – (a) leveraging automation and digital interventions to increase logistics efficiency, (b) promoting Transit Oriented Development for optimally locating logistics facilities, (c) adopting sustainable logistics practices to ensure minimal impact on environment, (d) introducing city-level ranking to assess the performance based on the initiatives undertaken with respect to city logistics plans. The Logistics division is exploring partnership opportunities with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) to leverage synergies for joint development and implementation of the city logistics plans.