The National Transport Development Policy Committee (NTDPC),a high-level panel set up to recommend long-term integrated transport policies for India,conducted a meeting with the state governments of Haryana,Himachal Pradesh,Jammu and Kashmir,Punjab and Chandigarh on Monday.
B N Puri,NTDPC member secretary,made a presentation on the mandate for the committee and the key transport issues facing the country that need to be addressed specifically from a long-term perspective.
The committee is charged with the task of assessing transport requirements of the economy for the next two decades and help evolve a national integrated transport policy that encourages a rational mix of the modes of transport,thus reducing the overall cost to economy.
Some of the key sectoral issues being considered by the panel include capacity augmentation,sub-optimal share of railways,safety of road transport,urban demand management,energy efficiency,institutional strengthening among others.
Specific areas deliberated upon during state consultation included reforms required in the Central Motor Vehicle Act to facilitate goods transport,overloading,road safety regulations,need for structured education and training,institutional capacity building.