Urban freight and logistics: the state of practices in India

India has witnessed rapid economic growth in the last two decades. One of the main factors in sustaining such accelerated economic growth has been the investment and development of critical infrastructure such as road, railways, ports and civil aviation. The drive to develop and improve transport infrastructure is especially apparent in Indian cities. Nevertheless, the urban freight sector has been largely absent from the planning agenda of Indian cities. Looking at the urban freight sector, this paper provides an overview of the goods movement taking place within the context of urban India. It furthermore looks at a wide range of national and international case studies, trying to highlight potential pitfalls and success stories that help the development of a sustainable urban freight sector in India.