Logistics, EV adoption are priority sectors for Karnataka: Dr Ashwath Narayan

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Bengaluru, Apr 6: The Government of Karnataka has a big focus towards last-mile delivery/logistics/commute space and EV (electric vehicle) adoption, deputy chief minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, who also holds the electronics, IT/BT portfolio, said on Tuesday.

Dr Narayana, who is also the state’s higher education minister, was speaking as a panelist by participating virtually on ‘Governing Goods on the Move’ organized by the World Economic Forum as part of the 'Global Technology Governance Summit 2021.’

The shift to electric mobility for instance has become necessary now more than ever due to the fast depletion of fossil fuels, increase in energy costs, the impact of transportation on the environment and digital intervention.

Industry, governments and early adopters have succeeded in demonstrating that electric vehicles can deliver the practicality, sustainability, safety and affordability characteristics expected from them, he explained.

Dr Narayana said, “Mobile internet, automation, the internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, advanced genomics, renewable energy are some areas of innovation and technology that need to be adopted to bring about changes in ways of traditional systems of functioning.

In addition, the state government has fast-tracked the long-pending suburban train project, expanding the metro train network in Bengaluru and assisting last-mile logistics companies in their operations as they look at equipping more metro stations with rentable cycles and bikes and offer easy availability of shared 2/3/4 wheeler ride options for commuters, he said.

India being a growing economy, needs to invest in robust logistics infrastructure and efficient supply chains. To support the vision of ‘Make in India’, logistics and supply chain can be improved and made more efficient, Dr Narayan emphasized.

Institutions like the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a ‘Smart Factory’ called 4.0 India@IISc. GoK has partnered with the World Economic Forum to launch the Centre for Internet of Ethical Things.

This center is aimed at being a sandbox for new emerging technologies and their applications and will bring together multi-stakeholders, he said.

André Andonian, chairman, McKinsey & Company, Yoshifumi Kato, chief technology officer, Denso, Mariam Al-Foudery, chief marketing officer, Agility Group participated as panelists.




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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    Electric vehicles are best suited for road transport corporations which run not more than 100/200 kms a day. How many buses were purchased by the Government so far...????? How many charging stations are made available....????? Private owners do not have any financial capacity or parking lot for keeping 2 cars for their daily use and also long distance travel.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 06 2021

    It would be a big relief if Government introduces cheaper Electric Vehicles because Petrol is Expensive ...

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