Prakash Gaur: Chief Executive Officer, National Highways Logistics Management Limited

Prakash Gaur, Chief Executive Officer, National Highways Logistics Management Limited

Prakash Gaur has over two decades of professional ex­perience. With an educatio­nal background in economics and transportation from leading institutes, he started working with a multinational consulting firm. He has also specialised in ports and maritime logistics.

He joined as one of the foun­ding core team members of Gu­ja­­rat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City). The GIFT City project provided immense opportunities. In 2015, he joined as director (strategy), Government of Andhra Pradesh. In 2016, he was appointed CEO of Andhra Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Asset Management Limited where he worked on a project to convert wastewater to potable water in Visakhapatnam City and gained the experience of working on urban municipal development projects.

Currently, Gaur is serving as CEO of National Highways Logistics Management Limited (NHLML), a 100 per cent owned SPV of the National Highways Authority of India. At NHLML, he has worked on the conceptualisation of the mandate for Multimodal Logistics Parks (MMLPs). According to him, “An MMLP does not include just one component but spans the entire sector of logistics. It is necessary to streamline policies and involve stakeholders so as to create an institution for awarding concessions to private parties. A model concession agreement for MMLPs has been prepared accordingly.” Gaur further says that studies have been undertaken on all MMLPs and detailed project reports are being prepared for over 12 MMLPs. Four projects have been tendered out, of which one is in Chennai. He feels that the focus has now shifted to improving logistics efficiency while developing infrastructure. Along with MMLPs, NHLML is working on the development of ropeway as an alternative mode of transport, wayside amenities, and port connectivity.

According to Gaur, there have been various challenges in implementing projects such as developing sections for ropeway systems, as well as the dearth of skilled manpower. He says, “India currently spends 14-15 per cent of its GDP on logistics as compared to the international standard of 8-9 per cent. With respect to the supply chain, we need to adopt new systems and technologies. Going forward, logistics has a bright future and India has significant opportunities in this space.”

He believes that hard work, along with sincerity and commitment, can help manage crises. His family comprises his wife and two children.