January 9 - The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India, in collaboration with the Hydraulic Trailer Owner Association (HTOA), has launched a new online permitting system for the movement of heavy and oversize cargoes using hydraulic tr

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, said the system for granting permits will ensure smoother movement of heavy cargoes, and help to make the system corruption-free. "A total of 108 e-toll stations are operational across the country. By next year, a total of 350 e-tolls will facilitate easy movement of passengers and goods," he explained.

Gadkari added that the system would assist the government's 'Make in India' initiative - a new national programme designed to transform India into a global manufacturing hub: "Fast movement of over-dimensional and overweight cargo across the country will contribute to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India initiative. New technologies, innovations and transparent procedures in the transport sector are a must for the Make in India project to succeed."

The web portal requires operators moving project cargo to apply for permissions online, specifying weight, axles used, origin and destination. Loads weighing up to 169 tonnes will be granted approval on a real-time basis. 

Manish Kataria, chairman of the HTOA, added: "We would like to thank the Ministry for undertaking this landmark initiative which will help in improving the movement of over-dimensional/overweight cargo on hydraulic axle trailers and will expedite transit time of such vehicles.

"This is a testimony of the fact that the ministry is extremely bullish to promote seamless movement of cargo for projects. The online facility will act as single window permission from origin to destination and portal shall be accessible to State Authorities as well to avoid any lapses."

Piyush Goyal, minister of state (independent charge) for new & renewable energy, power and coal, Government of India, said the system is a positive step that will enhance the development the Indian economy: "The Modi government is taking concrete steps towards ease of doing business while creating a level playing field for all and eliminating corruption. Delays in movement of power equipment can have national ramifications. Rapid industrialisation is needed in India for creating new employment opportunities and overall prosperity."