Shipping Ministry organised a workshop to deliberate upon the key constraints in logistics movement based on actual and projected export-import traffic. The workshop was on the ‘multi-modal model’ under the ministry’s Sagarmala Programme, Shipping Ministry said in a statement. “The workshop apprised the participants of the need for a national freight flow model for better logistics planning in the country,” it added. As part of the programme, a multi-modal model has been prepared based on extensive origin-destination (OD) analysis for key traffic categories to identify opportunities for reducing logistics cost. The multi-modal model has been developed to revalidate key constraints in logistics movement. The model optimises the flow of the commodities moving to and from the ports, it said. “For the optimised scenario, it identifies the road and rail routes, ports and multi-modal hubs which need to be debottlenecked to handle existing and future cargo traffic,” it said. The model provides flexibility to add any new ports, multi-modal hubs and traffic origination points. The need for an institutional mechanism for locating and operating such model was also deliberated upon during the workshop, which was attended by representatives from government’s think tank Niti Aayog, Indian Railways and Container Corporation (CONCOR).