Under the “Gati Shakti National Master Plan”, Himachal Pradesh has notified its Logistic Policy 2022 to create an efficient and sophisticated logistics ecosystem to support the state’s industrial growth by strengthening institutional support through inter-departmental coordination in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of policies and measures affecting logistics industry.
The state logistics policy will strengthen the state’s logistics infrastructures by promoting investment from the private sector to develop Inland Container Depots (ICD), Common Facility Centres (CFCs), Integrated Cold Chain, Logistics Parks, Truck Terminal, Air Cargo facilities, Quality testing labs, Integrated Cold Chain, etc.
Himachal Pradesh looks to build key logistics hubs under the policy so that it can handle freight from the state’s higher reaches, particularly agricultural and horticulture products to support first-mile connectivity. The policy states, 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 centers to facilitate the vast Agro-industry in the state.
For the overall development of the logistics sector in the state and to ensure projects are in line with the vision of PM Shakti NMP, the state government has constituted an empowered group of secretaries under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary.
As per the policy, the state will support the existing industrial corridor by providing the required infrastructure assistance for the establishment of an industrial logistics and warehousing hub in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagrh region.
With only one ICD facility located in Baddi, the state of Himachal Pradesh lacks a robust network of customs ports. The government will look into the possibility of establishing new ICDs and CFCs as needed, as well as assist the development of logistics parks, warehousing zones, and other similar facility wherever feasible. Further, the state will support the establishment of transportation and warehousing zones at strategic locations.
A state-level city logistics committee (CLC) will be formed under the chairmanship of the respective districts Deputy Commissioner to design and implement city logistics development per ‘the national Logistics Policy, allowing the state to play a key role in advising, planning, stakeholder coordination, and progress assessment, among other things