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Is an umbrella transport agency a good idea? – ET Infra

Is an umbrella transport agency a good idea? – ET Infra

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Today’s pick is the roads and highways sector.

The idea of one transport planning agency, serving the various infrastructure ministries, is an ambitious one. The main challenge lies in the government departments ensuring representation of all the concerned ministries instead of focusing on their individual sectors.

The rationale behind the proposal is faster and seamless implementation of policies with respect to infrastructure.

Instead of the government departments working in silos, an integrated transport agency comprising highways, civil aviation, shipping and railways will work together towards a robust infrastructure sector.

Inclusion of DPIIT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) as part of the integrated agency may help in easing chain movement across the country.

According to a Times of India report, last week, India is looking at setting up an umbrella agency to formulate integrated transportation plans and drive the overall strategy across all modes of surface transport, railways, shipping and civil aviation at national level. The agency would be responsible for development and finalization of 5-year and 25-year plans and their regular monitoring.

This comes at a time when, according to reports, the government is considering setting up an integrated transport planning agency.

The agency will be akin to the establishments in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and Japan to deal with all issues relating to transportation.

Will it become a reality soon?

ET Infra explores all the above and presents an insight. Read here

  • Published On Apr 14, 2024 at 07:46 PM IST

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