PANAJI : As Goa’s manufacturing sector on a decline, the Goa government appears to be looking at logistics, which is viewed as a sunrise sector.
Goa Investment Promotion Board Chief Executive Officer, Swetika Sachan, on Tuesday said that a dedicated logistics policy is on the anvil for the state.
In a bid to encourage the logistic sector and enable creation of warehouses, the state also intends to amend the Goa Industrial Development (GID) Act so that industrial land can be allocated for warehouses.
“Through our state logistics coordination committee we have resolved that we will try to amend the GID Act suitability to mark a certain percentage of industrial land, like 20% for logistics purposes. Recognising the importance of logistics, the state is also contemplating setting up a multi-modal logistics park under the Bharatmala scheme of the central government,” Sachan said.
She said that the state government is open to private players who intend to setup private logistics parks and has begun talks with a couple of them that have shown interest. GIDC’s norms give greater emphasis for manufacturing facilities while allotting industrial plots.
“Until now logistics is considered as a service industry in Goa. So if you go to GIDC for land, they would say that they cannot give you land. GIDC keeps 90% of the land in industrial states for manufacturing and only 10% of the remaining land is kept for utility and commercial services,” Sachan said.
She said that this is where a dedicated logistics and export policy will come in handy.
“The central government has been putting a lot of thrust and what we are trying to do in Goa is formulate a logistics policy. Sadly, Goa has been very late in terms of notifying a very crucial policy like this. But I assure you that by the end of this year we will have a very futuristic policy,” the IAS officer said.
She said that data shows that the manufacturing sector is slowing down in Goa with this trend clearly visible in the employment generated in Goa.
Director for civil aviation and Goa’s public private partnership cell, Suresh Shanbhogue said that the new airport at Mopa will also give a big boost for logistics and exports once completed.