Readers of this Trans Log Blog will know of the Last Mile and the damage that poor infrastructure and connectivity can cause to any advances in a Port and those key industries that depend upon consistent supply. And yet, the story does not end with creating a bigger and better drive thru; the Last Mile is also the story of local traders and, the quality of life of people living in close proximity to Ports all over the world. If you have not seen the video, have a look – and read on. There’s more …

Trans Log Blog has been monitoring developments in Chennai. Momentum gathers. The CTCC (Chennai Trade Coordination Committee) was formed in October 2008 to champion the need to improve connectivity and, advance the cause of locals. This is a constructive development highlighting delays in projects that can make a difference and, making clear the opportunity cost of in action. Consider this.

Road conditions have deteriorated recently due to heavy rains. This has caused severe delays in supplies of liquified gas to throusands of homes served by Indian Oil Corporation in Chennai. Most of the 80 odd distributors using the bottling plant of Ennore are only able to make one load (roughly 300 cylinders) every day against a requirement of at least two. This time of year always generates increased consumption and the cycle of frustration is racheted up still further.

How many other local services are impacted in this way? Watch this space.