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The way the freight moves in India
May 7, 2016

We came across an interesting write up published by Business Today. It seems that out of the 8.5 million trucks that are there on Indian roads, about 2.3 million are inactive. That's right, every one out of four trucks is lying idle.

And why is that? Well...disruption in the transport business is one of the many reasons. The onslaught of the radio taxis and their rewarding pay structures, the relatively higher respect their drivers garner and the flexible hours that the job allows has led a big chunk of the truck drivers to shift towards this line of work. Not to mention that aspects such as NREGA and other government initiatives have played their role in reducing the truck driving population as well.

As per estimates, there was driver shortage of 22% last year.

But here's the interesting bit. All of this is happening at a time when nearly two-third of the freight in the country is done via roads and highways. Today's chart of the day indicates the shift in the trend in the overall mode of freight transport in India; which has seen a massive shift in favour of road freight which used to have a share of only 10% around independence.

Data Source: Business Today,
Ministry of Road Transport And Highways; * estimates

This Chart Of The Day was published in The 5 Minute WrapUp - Meet the Guy Who's Outperformed Warren Buffett 80:1

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