J&K draft logistics policy to build infrastructure for the transport sector

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Looking at the phenomenal expansion in the Logistics sector of Jammu and Kashmir, the state administration has come up with a draft Logistics Policy 2023 to build infrastructure for the transport sector.

The administration intends to raise the daily average distance travelled by goods vehicles from 250 km to 500 km with the aid of measures for barrier-free movement.

The draft policy papers introduced new efforts like GPS-based tolling to enable distance-linked toll collection, zero waiting time, and digital clearances at interstate crossings and customs checkpoints. It stated a logistics cost reduction of at least 50% from their current level over the next five years.

Moreover, the policy also looks at identifying critical problems and bottlenecks affecting the effectiveness of logistics in J&K.

As per the draft policy, “the strategy also prioritises decision-making in this area while regularly examining ways to increase ground, air, and inland waterway connectivity throughout J&K (when possible or viable).”

“A strong logistics infrastructure, including a network of logistics parks, transport yards, warehouses, and controlled atmosphere stores will be established, according to the proposed policy. This policy will make appropriate interventions for improving J&K’s performance in logistics on key metrics including quality logistics infrastructure, quality of logistics service providers, the efficiency of regulatory processes, favourability of the operating environment, ease of arranging logistics at competitive rates, timeliness of cargo delivery, safety and security of cargo movement, and ease of track and trace,” it said.

The J&K government under the policy will encourage public-private partnerships in the construction of modern logistics facilities in J&K.

“The policy focuses on the development of storage and handling facilities at strategic nodes to improve logistics efficiency in focus sectors like pharmaceuticals, e-commerce, agriculture, and dairy products. Development of air cargo terminals and airfreight stations will be incorporated while mapping the facilities to boost air cargo. This policy promotes the development of e-commerce hubs in high-movement zones closer to demand locations and around the periphery of cities. This will address the needs of the e-commerce sector and prevent traffic congestion in cities,” it said.

The development of truck terminals for repair and maintenance, driver rest areas, and parking spaces at strategic locations (national highways, expressways intersection points) will also be looked into under the policy.

The state government is soughting suggestions on the introduction of the J&K Logistics Policy.

The state government on March 8th begun the process of amending and upgrading these policies. It is currently in the public domain for review and feedback and seeking suggestions from the public and the stakeholders until March 28, 2023.