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 ICDs, Common Facility Centres, Integrated cold chains, logistics parks, truck terminals, air cargo facilities, quality testing labs, etc.
To provide first mile connectivity, the state will need to develop key logistics hubs that can handle freight from the states higher reaches. Shoghi in Shimla district, Sauli Khad in Mandi district, and Pandoga in Una district are all potential locations for such logistical hubs, according to the report, and the state will encourage primary processing centers to support the state’s large Agro-industries.
According to policy, the state would provide the necessary infrastructure support for the establishment of an Industrial Logistics and Warehousing Hub in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh district. With only one ICD center in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh currently lacks a strong network of customs ports. As needed, the state government will continue to investigate the possibility of adding ICDs and CFCs to its ranks, as well as supporting the construction of logistic parks, warehousing zones, and other similar facilities where feasible. In key locations, the state will encourage the establishment of transportation and warehousing zones.