NEW DELHI : Himachal Pradesh has notified its Logistic Policy 2022 under “Gati Shakti National Master Plan” to create an efficient and sophisticated logistics ecosystem to support state’s industrial growth by strengthening institutional support through inter-departmental coordination in planning, implementation and monitoring of policies and measures affecting logistics industry.
The policy aims to strengthen the logistics infrastructures of the state by promoting investment from private sector to develop Inland Container Depots (ICDs), Common Facility Centres (CFCs), Integrated Cold Chain, Logistic Parks, Truck Terminals, Air Cargo facilities, Quality testing labs, Integrated Cold Chain etc.
According to the policy, it will be the state’s goal to build key logistics hubs that can handle freight from the state’s higher reaches, particularly agricultural and horticulture products to support first mile connectivity. It says that Shoghi in Shimla district, Sauli Khad in Mandi district, and Pandoga in Una district are all potential locations for such logistical hubs and State will provide incentives for setting up primary processing centres to facilitate the vast Agro-industry in the state.
State Government has also constituted an Empowered Group of Secretaries under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary for the overall development of logistics sector in State and also to ensure the projects are in line with the vision of PM GatiShakti NMP.
Policy says that to support the existing industrial corridor, the state would provide the required infrastructure assistance for the establishment of an Industrial Logistics and Warehousing Hub in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh region.
Himachal Pradesh currently lacks a robust network of customs ports, with only one ICD facility located in Baddi. The state government will continue to look into the possibility of establishing new ICDs and CFC’s as needed, as well as assist the development of logistic parks, warehousing zones, and other similar facilities wherever feasible. The state would support the establishment of transportation and warehousing zones at strategic locations.
Policy further states that a state-level City Logistics Committee (CLC) to be formed under the chairmanship of the respective district’s Deputy Commissioner to design and implement city logistics development in accordance with the National Logistics Policy, allowing the state to play a key role in advising, planning, stakeholder coordination, and progress assessment, among other things.