PM Gati Shakti workshop: ‘States could consider granting industrial status to logistics’

Significantly, Dawra also called for the involvement of start-ups to promote logistics efficiency. She also stressed the importance of using technology and green initiatives in planning the logistics ecosystem, which will include: “Infrastructure development planning for the new India” and “Development of an efficient logistics ecosystem”.

Separately, Anurag Jain, secretary of the Government of India’s DPIIT, urged states to bring Prime Minister Gati Shakti to district and Gram Panchayat level. He appreciated efforts to integrate infrastructure development planning and social sector decision-making, and encouraged states to issue their state logistics guidelines. He also stressed the importance of data quality and authenticity for accurate planning on NMP (National Master Plan) or SMP (State Master Plan).

Officials commended the technical assistance provided by BISAG-N for the tremendous work in mapping GIS data layers of economic and social infrastructure onto NMPs across the country. Meanwhile, on the second day of the workshop, several states – including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar and West Bengal – made presentations on their respective state logistics policies.

The Uttar Pradesh Warehousing and Logistics Policy 2022 highlights the infrastructure and logistics potential of the state – including eight state-of-the-art expressways, India’s first inland waterway (NW1) and 1,100km of DFC route passing through 20 districts. The policy also outlines investment opportunities and parameters, tax and non-tax incentives and accelerated land allocation, which are expected to create jobs for around 1,48,000 people in the logistics sector. The state has decided to allocate land for the logistics sector in each industrial park/zone in the state.

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