In 6 years, J&K witnesses 94% growth in transport
By sourav kalyan On 10 Feb, 2018 At 09:44 AM | Categorized As Business | With 0 Comments

Lack of required road infrastructure acting as impediment: Survey

Signifying rapid growth of transport sector, the number of vehicles registered with government rose upto 15, 89,895 in 2017 from 8, 19,093 vehicles in 2011, thus witnessing a growth of astounding 94 percent in last six years.

An official document reads “as against 818093 vehicles (both public and private) registered in 2011, the number of vehicles has reached to 1589895 ending October 2017”.

It states that number of vehicles registered during the year 2016-17 was 1, 22, 638 while in 2017-18 ending October, 2017, department has registered 101705 vehicles including 10028 commercial vehicles.

While the transport has increased manifolds over the years, the failure of authorities to increase road length is acting as impediment in the development of the state.

As per economic survey 2017, road length maintained by PW(R&B) Department is 35,289 km. With Jammu region having highest road length of 15,920 kms followed by Kashmir where road length recorded is 14,803 km.  Leh and Kargil have 3202, 1364 Kms of road length respectively.

“Road Transport plays a vital role in the economic development of J&K State. Transport, whether passenger carrier or goods carrier, is important rather fundamental requirement for economic development of state. Accessibility of essential commodities in far flung areas depends on connectivity through road transport. Transport has and is playing significant role in this regard,’ the survey report points out.

Experts believe that ‘lackadaisical’ development of road length in J&K is not keeping pace with the bulging transport on roads, thus resulting in traffic congestions wasting precious time of the citizens.

Owing to poor transport connectivity, Jammu and Kashmir has been placed at the bottom of logistics index, an indicator of the efficiency of logistical services, in the first set of rankings released by Union Commerce and Industry Ministry recently.

The Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) Index has given only 1 index point to J&K, placing it at the bottom of the list of states having “worst logistic” connectivity in India.

LEADS survey – a composite indicator to assess international trade logistics across states and union territories, is based on a stakeholders’ survey conducted by Deloitte for the ministry of commerce and industry. While Gujarat topped the first-of-its-kind index, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh took the second and third positions, respectively.

Jammu & Kashmir was placed at the bottom of the table with Bihar finishing one rank higher.

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