Since the development of logistics and manufacturing hubs on the outskirts of the cities is sluggish, the use of such expressways and highways for the supply chain is inadequate. Additionally, the high toll charges on these expressways and highways increase the inland freight cost. Further, the transporters for inland distribution of goods are cautious of such developments on the outskirts of the cities and are seeking higher freight rates for picking up and delivering materials at these remote places.
Sluggish growth of warehouses & manufacturing facilities, high toll charges, and limited availability of transport options affects the use of these expressways and highways. At the moment, these highways/expressways are means of a detour and either for leisure or due to compulsion.
The development of logistics hubs on the city outskirts is critical for the higher use of road infrastructure. The government is encouraging traders, transporters, manufacturers, and warehousing companies to construct logistics and manufacturing hubs. Still, it will take another three to five years, before these developments can show encouraging results.