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India laying down
logistics capabilities for
the new world order
Eleven industrial corridors
consisting of 30 projects will
come up across the country in
four phases by 2024-2025.
The government has set
the ball rolling on five of these
projects – Dholera Special Investment Region, Shendra
Bidkin Industrial Area, Integrated Industrial Township
Greater Noida, Integrated Industrial Township Vikram
Udyogpuri, and integrated
Nangal Chaudhary Multi
Modal Logistics Hub, already
approved by the government.
will soon begin on DelhiNagpur Industrial Corridor,
which is one of the 11 industrial corridors in the pipeline.
We s t e r n D e d i c a t e d
Freight Corridor (DFC) has
been identified as crucial in
meeting the transport needs
for the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project
while the Eastern DFC is considered “backbone” for the
Amritsar Kolkata Industrial
Corridor (AKIC) project. For
projects like Chennai Bengalur u Industrial Corridor
(CBIC) and Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (BMIC), National Highway 4 is identified
Nat iona l Hig hway 5,
which is part of the Golden
Quadrilateral and KolkataChennai route have been recognised as “important” for the
East Coast Economic Corridor
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(ECEC). The proposed North
South East-West and East
Coast Dedicated Freight Corridors will further supplement
the existing transportation
backbone for the corresponding Industrial Corridors, a
note by the Department for
Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) said.
project in shape
Freight trains will be
running on 40 per
cent of the dedicated
freight corridor by
next year. Most of
the sections will be
March 2022 and the remaining whole eastern
and western corridors will be
commissioned by June 2022.
Most significantly, with
the completion of the Dadri to
Rewari section of the DFC,
the ‘Roll-on Roll-off’ (Ro-Ro)
services of the railways can
begin, leading to drastic reduction in pollution in Delhi
NCR. Under the service, loaded trucks can be moved on
flat rakes to avoid congestion
The Railways has three
more corridors in the pipeline– the East Coast Corridor,
the East-West Corridor and
the North-South Sub-Corridor, and the surveys for these
DFCs are expected be completed by 2021. These corridors are slated to be completed by 2030.
The 1,115-km East Coast
Cor r idor w i l l be f rom
Kharagpur in West Bengal to
Vi j ay aw a d a i n A n d h r a
Pradesh; and the 975-km
will connect VijayawadaNagpur-Itarsi.
The East-West corridor
comprises 1,673 km of route
connecting Bhusaval-Nagpur-Kharagpur-Dankuni and
195-km of route connecting
the Indian maritime
The government next aim is
creating a port grid in the
country besides developme nt of water ways a nd
coastal shipping. 1,400 km of
waterways have been fully
developed and an additional
1,000 km of waterways are
being developed on a priority basis.
In November 2019, it was
announced that the Government will assess the potential
Centre’s cold comfort
29,000 cold chain points, 240
walk-in coolers, 70 walk-in
freezers, 45,000 ice-lined refrigerators, 41,000 deep freezers and
300 solar refrigerators will be
used for COVID-19 vaccine storage.
In order to strengthen the ecosystem,
11 good clinical practices compliant clinical trial sights have also been established
across the country. In fact, all necessary resources of vaccination have been delivered to the states from the centre.
To be sure on their part, 36 states and union territories
have concluded meetings of State Steering Committees and
State Task Force. 633 districts have concluded meetings of
District Task Force.
Furthermore, training modules for medical officers, vaccinator officers, alternative vaccinator officers, cold chain
handlers, supervisors, data managers, ASHA coordinators,
etc. are also finalised. Physical training as well as training on
virtual/online platforms has started, whihle national and
State Training of Trainers (ToTs) workshops have completed.
States have been asked to implement an integrated
360-degree comprehensive advocacy communication and
social mobilisation strategy to address the challenges surrounding vaccine rollout progress and benefits.
According to the guidelines issued to states recently, the
COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) system – a
digitalised platform – will be used to track enlisted beneficiaries for the vaccination and anti-coronavirus vaccines on
a real-time basis.