Sachdeva Roadlines Private Limited
When we talk about the Indian Road Transport Industry, a few names immediately spring to mind. One such name is that of Shri Deepak Sachdeva. Seldom has someone contributed so immensely to the needs of the industry. He is someone who commands respect and love of the entire transport fraternity which is clearly suggested by his three successive terms as the President of ‘Delhi Goods Transport Association’, thereby making him the only person to have ever served for six continuous years as President.
Born in 1952, Mr.Sachdeva joined the industry at a very young age. He started his career by joining hands with M/s Patel Roadways, one of the biggest road transport companies of that time. He collaborated with them and looked after their entire North India business which aided the company’s growth manifold. By 1980, under the guidance and experience of his father, he embarked on a new journey by starting his own transport company by the name of M/s Sachdeva Roadlines (P) Ltd. Mr.Sachdeva worked very hard in those initial years to develop his network of offices pan India. Today, he is a proud owner, with his company spread across different parts of the country, setting new benchmarks for the industry. Due to his dynamism and relentless efforts, within the first few years of starting operations, the company was awarded with the ‘Best Road Transport Service’ award by the Late President Shri Giani Zail Singh in 1987.
A man for the Industry
In the last two decades, apart from overseeing the company’s operations, he started taking keen interest in problems and requirements of the transport industry. In the year 2000, under the Honorable Delhi High Court’s order, a lot of transport godowns within Delhi’s walled city area were sealed. It was under Mr.Sachdeva’s leadership and direction that a case was filed in the High court and as a result more than 100 godowns were desealed. Further in May 2004, High court passed an order in Delhi that no commercial vehicle having more than four wheels should be permitted to ply inside the crucial Outer Ring Road at any time during day or night. This was a major cause for concern for all transporters. After Mr.Sachdeva’s and other merchant traders protest, an 8 member core team was created. This 8 member Bhure lal committee was formed by government of Delhi. Mr.Sachdeva was committee member representing the transport industry and he suggested alternatives and was instrumental in the continuation of movement of vehicles in Delhi.
His other major contribution has been in helping in the reduction of the Service Tax percentage to be levied on the industry. In October 2004, the entire motor transport industry went on an indefinite strike against the service tax to be levied and in the end, after a lot of detailed discussions with then Revenue Secretary Ms.Vineeta Rai, the service tax rate was lowered. Mr.Sachdeva had played a vital role in the meetings representing the transport fraternity.
Currently, Mr.Deepak Sachdeva holds the coveted position of Chairman of ‘All India Motor Goods Transport Association’ and President of ‘Delhi Goods Transporter’s United Front’. For all his efforts and contributions in the transport industry, he was awarded with the most prestigious transport industry award of ‘Transport Samrat’ by AIMTC in October, 2011.