Five states — Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala — are also scheduled to introduce e-way bills for intra-state movement of goods, beyond a km. These states accounted for 61 per cent of e-way bill generation till April 8, according to data from the GST Network (GSTN), the system’s information technology backbone. Karnataka introduced e-way bills for intra-state dispatches from April 1.
Till April 9, as many as 6.3 million e-way bills were generated, showed the data. This means 700,000 were generated a day, on average. Generation was low in the initial days and picked up later.
The e-way bill portal has capacity to handle 7.5 mn bills a day. GSTN expects generation of almost 2.6 mn a day once these are mandated intra-state, too. It built additional capacity, to avoid overloading and portal crash -- this had happened on February 1, the first day of the earlier rollout.
Abhishek Jain, partner at consultancy EY, said build-up of inventory was a short-term problem. It would not be there after another week or so. He said this had also built up prior to April 1 due to meeting of targets by companies as the financial year closed (March 31). Movement of goods on that account would gradually pick up, he said. Also, e-way bill generation will gather pace once all states roll it out for intra-state movement of goods.
All states are mandated to introduce intra-state movement of goods by May 30, in a phased manner.
Jain said the feedback from clients is that the portal was working well, even as there is additional compliance on generating the bill. M S Mani, partner at Deloitte India, said there had been no adverse feedback from any client. The real test would be from April 15, when five states begin intra-state dispatch enforcement, and then all other come on board in phases.