Inauguration of the 22nd National Rail Transport Seminar on Operating Railways for a Stronger and Vibrant Economy at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi

The 22nd National Railway Seminar on Operating Railways for a Vibrant Foreign Economy was organized by CTRAM (Centre for Transport Research and Management) at Dr. Ambedkar International Center on 29.04.2022 in New Delhi.

On this occasion, the Seminar was inaugurated by Sh. SK Mohanty, Member of the Operation and Business Development Railway Board, Smt. Jaya Verma Sinha, Additional Member/Railway Board and Sh. Rakesh Tandon, ED/CTRAM and Sh. Sri Prakash, Former Member of the Traffic Railway Board were also present on this occasion. The senior officer and the trainee from the IRTS were also present at this seminar. The keynote address was delivered by Sh. SK Mohanty, Member OBD, Board of Railways and addressed the large gathering of keynote speakers, delegates, industry participants, members of the press and medias. Indian Railways are the lifeline of the nation and Indian economy as they facilitate economic development by transporting materials such as coal, iron ore, fertilizers and food grains.

Sh. SK Mohanty said it touches the lives of people in small villages and urban metropolises and helps the evolution of social forces such as urbanization and inclusive development. In 2021-2022, along with landmark policies such as the Gati Shakti Freight Terminal Policy, which replaced the Private Siding and the Private Freight Terminal Policy and allows the use of rail land for the construction of the cargo terminal, were issued. Indian Railways started the year 2021-22 on a very positive note, it was felt that the worst of the pandemic was over but the second wave was looming around the corner and when it got stuck, l India faced a new challenge, there was a huge requirement for liquid medical oxygen to be supplied to hospitals to help patients suffering from Delta Varient. The production centers were concentrated in a few places in the country and the challenge was to transport the LMO to every nook and corner of the country. Indian Railway is fully committed to being a customer-centric organization and invests in creating an enabling environment for transforming the country’s logistics scene through capability, agility and innovation and this is the good time for business and industry to solidify their plans to leverage this infrastructure and synergize it with their growth plans.

The participants of Session-I are as follows:-

  1. Sri Prakash, former member/Traffic Railway Board, chairs session-I of the seminar
  2. Smiriti Sharma, head of public policy at Amazon
  3. Mukund Kumar Sinha, Transport Specialist, South Asia, AfDB
  4. Joanna Cymbalista, Quality and Sustainability Compliance Manager, South Asia at IKEA India
  5. Digvijay Sulj and Head Policy & New Initiatives of Delivery Logistics
  6. Ali AsgarBawa, General Manager, Logistics at Asian Paints.

Session-II

Session-II was chaired by Smt. Additional Member/Traffic Rly Jaya Varma Sinha. Plank. The main speakers of the 2n/a seminar session were:

Session-II

  1. Rajeev Mehta, Sr. President, Chief Logistics Officers of Ultratech Cement.
  2. Rakesh Sen, Vice President, Mahindra and Mahindra and Co-Chairman of SIAM Logistics
  3. Ajay Tripathi, Rail Logistics Manager, India
  4. SubratTripathi, CEO/Adani Ports
  5. Ankan Mitra, Regulatory Affairs Manager, TATA Steal

After Covid, the country’s exports increased by 23%. In the past two years, it will increase by 30% by 2030. Railways play a vital role in the economy of the country. Hence, they demanded that they address the challenges of the industries. The railways must grow at the same rate as the industry develops.

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