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Second regional workshop of NMP organized in Kochi.

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Second regional workshop of NMP organized in Kochi.

13th March 2023, Chennai: A series of regional workshops are being organized to facilitate
the wider adoption of the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan (NMP) platform across all the
States/UTs to sensitise the state officials about it. These workshops are designed for bringing
more vigor and building synergy among the different stakeholders resulting in mutual
learning among the States and Central Ministries/Departments. The first Regional Workshop
for Central and Western Zone was organized on 20th February, 2023 in Goa. The second
regional workshop with 9 States/UTs of the southern region, i.e., Kerala, Andhra Pradesh,
Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andaman & Nicobar, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman &
Diu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry, was organized on 10th & 11th March 2023 in Kochi,

During the workshop, Ms. Sumita Dawra, Special Secretary, Logistics, DPIIT requested the
States/UTs to interact with business associations and stakeholders on a regular basis to
identify issues related to reducing logistics cost and bringing efficiency. She suggested that
an inter-departmental services improvement group may be formed to address logistics related
issues and action plans may be formulated for bringing down logistics cost duly identifying
priority areas for taking up multimodal infrastructure related interventions. Mapping of
freight flows in order to have a demand driven approach to logistics efficiency for the next 5-
10 years, attracting private investments in logistics related infrastructure and involving start-
ups for solutions to promoting logistics efficiency were also mentioned in her remark. She
also stressed upon the use of technology and green initiatives during planning of the logistics
ecosystem including both planning for infrastructure development for new India and
developing an efficient logistics ecosystem.
NMP is a transformative approach that enables integrated planning and synchronised
implementation for multimodal and last mile connectivity across the country. It was launched
by the Prime Minister on 13th October, 2021 with a vision to break departmental silos in
Government and institutionalize holistic planning for stakeholders across major infrastructure
On the first day of the Regional Workshop in Kochi, a demonstration of best use cases in
using the NMP was made by the central Ministries. Experience, best practices and vision of
using the NMP/SMP platform was shared by the 9 participating States/ UTs.
On the second day of the Regional Workshop in Kochi, there were discussions on National
Logistics Policy, state logistics policies, Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) and
city logistics plan. For augmenting port connectivity and multimodality through PMGS, a
presentation was made by the Cochin Port Authority followed by panel discussion with 4
major ports of Cochin, Kamarajar Vishakhapatnam and New Mangalore port. A site visit to
Kochi was also organized to study Port Connectivity and Coastal projects.
State/UT Logistics Policy has been notified by 18 states. Development of Logistics Ease
Across Different State (LEADS) 2023-24 report has also commenced with the objective of
analyzing the logistics ecosysytem of various States/UTs as per a framework, and rank
States/UTs on logistics ease. During the workshop, State and UTs also presented an overview
of their Logistics Policy mentioning the following among other things: 

Tamil Nadu presented a focus on reduction of cost of logistics for export-import as well as
domestic trade in the State (expected to be reduced by 5 to 6%)
Karnataka presented its focus on improving the State’s performance in logistics.
Andhra Pradesh highlighted their objective to address infrastructure gaps in logistics &
supply chain and to promote trade from the East Coast
Telangana underlined its objective of developing a robust logistics ecosystem through
MMLPs, Dry Ports, Cold storages etc.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands presented its focus on reducing logistics cost by enhancing
efficiency by enabling multimodal connectivity
A panel discussion on port connectivity and multimodality was held towards the end of the
workshop. The discussion covered port led industrialization, development of a large number
of ports in Andhra Pradesh and focus on Telangana as a major hinterland; for this both states
need to work together for integrated development and coastal shipping as a major focus for
Indian ports.
In continuation with the PM GatiShakti ‘whole of government’ approach and to complement
the PM GatiShkati NMP, the National Logistics Policy (NLP) was launched to address the
components of improving efficiency in services and human resource through streamlining
processes, regulatory framework, skill development, mainstreaming logistics in higher
education and adoption of suitable technologies.
The National Logistics Policy lays down an overarching interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral and
multi-jurisdictional framework for the logistics sector and provides a comprehensive policy
framework for all sub-sectors in the logistics ecosystem that are critical for efficient
The vision of the National Logistics Policy is to develop a technologically enabled,
integrated, cost-efficient, resilient, sustainable and trusted logistics ecosystem in the country
for accelerated and inclusive growth. Accordingly, broad targets for achieving the vision of
NLP are to: (i) Reduce cost of logistics in India to be comparable to global benchmarks by
2030.; (ii) improve the Logistics Performance Index ranking – endeavour is to be among top
25 countries by 2030, and (iii) create data driven decision support mechanism for an efficient
logistics ecosystem.

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