With Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha and other states implementing logistics policies, the
The government must quickly implement its own policies if it aims to bring Goa to the world
Supply chain map, said Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI).
GCCI said Goa has a unique opportunity to act as a link between North and South India, but existing infrastructure gaps are an obstacle.
These observations were made by the industry association in its recommendations on the draft State Logistics Policy 2023, which must be consistent with the National Logistics Policy 2022.
The draft guidelines were brought up for discussion at the recent meeting of the Goa Investment Promotion Board, where input from industry bodies was sought.
In addition to calling for a three-pronged strategy focused on the formulation, implementation and periodic revision of the Goa State Logistics Policy, GCCI has also outlined infrastructural hurdles that need to be addressed.
“Goa does not have its own office for handling logistics-related issues. A state-level logistics authority will be of great help to handle various issues as a single window. The same office could also set up an export promotion center that would be responsible for taking on exporters’ issues related to the supply chain and logistics of export cargo,” said GCCI Logistics Committee Chair Chandrakant Gawas.
Gawas pointed out that the Mobile Harbor Crane (HMC) at Mormugao Port has been out of service since 2020 and nothing has happened despite assurances that a new crane will be mobilized on a revenue-sharing model.
“Due to the breakdown, container services are at a standstill which has resulted in cargo being diverted to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Navi Mumbai, creating an additional burden on road traffic. The crane is essential to increase the volume of container cargo at the port,” Gawas said.
GCCI has also pointed out that the National Highway connection with Karnataka through Chorla Ghat and Anmod Ghat is in poor condition and in need of urgent repairs.
Exporters from Belagavi are forced to export via Mumbai, which is more expensive and time-consuming, Gawas said.
GCCI President Ralph de Sousa pointed out that Mopa’s Manohar International Airport lacks a temperature control warehouse and an APEDA-approved packing house.
“The development of an APEDA-approved packhouse under the Gati Shakti program will bring significant relief to exporters,” GCCI said in its recommendations.
GCCI has also requested a proper truck terminal, dredging of major rivers, modernization of ferry ramps and a fishing pier