Latest News

CM approves state’s first integrated logistics and logistics parks policy 2021

Gujarat’s first Integrated Logistic and Logistics Parks Policy-2021 aims at strengthening entire value chain to increase state’s competitiveness in industrial sector and create job opportunities

Policy encompasses Logistic Parks, Warehouses, Cold Storages, Air Freight Stations, Jetty, Seaports and Transportation Sector


Gandhinagar, Thursday: The Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board (GIDB) at its 38th Board Meeting with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in chair has in-principle approved the state’s first well-planned Integrated Logistic and Logistic Parks Policy-2021 as part of the state’s sustained growth trajectory.

It is almost back-to-back Gujarat Government’s e-Vehicle Policy announced the other day to promote eco-friendly transportation system.

Others who attended the meeting included Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Revenue Minister Kaushikbhai Patel, Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Chief Secretary Anil Mukim, Chief Minister’s Chief Principal Secretary Kailashnathan, Additional Chief Secretaries Pankaj Kumar, Mukesh Puri, Manoj Kumar Das, Arun Solanki and Secretaries of related departments.

Chief Minister’s Secretary and GIDB CEO Ashwini Kumar made the detailed presentation.

Addressing the meeting, Mr. Rupani said the new policy is aimed at strengthening the entire value chain to increase the state’s competitiveness in the industrial sector at the same time creating job opportunities for the youth. The policy encompasses Logistic Parks, Warehousing, Cold Storages, Air Freight Stations, Jetty and Seaports. It should prove path-breaking for management of transportation sector.

This is in tune with the notified National Logistics Policy to increase the nation’s economic and commercial activities, competitiveness for easy, effective, standard, cost-effective logistics network to invest technology, innovation and skill enhancement.

The new Logistic and Logistic Parks Policy-2021 has been drafted after reviewing the National Logistic Policy, in-depth analysis of similar policies in other states, and after consulting the stakeholders in the private sector and to involve their participation also.

Even as the global pandemic novel coronavirus Covid-19 has affected the global supply chain during the last one year, it has its positive fallout in several companies increasing their business and operation in India. Its positive effect could be seen in increased investment in the manufacturing sector in Gujarat.

The new policy has provision for 25 per cent capital subsidy on eligible fixed capital investment up to maximum Rs. 15-crore to develop and facilitate support mechanism  for new jetties, 7.0 per cent interest subsidy for seven years on sanctioned loan which can be extended by maximum Rs. 50-lakh.

It has a provision for reimbursing stipend up to Rs. 15,000 per head after 120 hours training to fulfil demand for skilled manpower, and cent per cent reimbursement for women trainees.

It has provision for the state government to reimburse 100 per cent Stamp Duty. It has provision for assistance for quality certification, patenting, research and development.

The new policy emphasises stress on technology, like cargo improved tracking to ensure benefit to end-users.

It may be mentioned here that Gujarat stood first in the Union Commerce and Industries Ministry’s Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) Index in 2018 and 2019, which incorporates parameters like infrastructure facilities, ease of tracking and tracing, quality, timely delivery of cargo and state government’s support and cooperation.

Logistic is like lifeline of a progressive state like Gujarat, with Gujarat’s contribution alone amounting to Rs.7,000-crore in the 560 km long Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) passing through the state, setting up Freight Logistic Parks along the railway lines, under construction 6-lane 100-km long Ahmedabad-Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR) Expressway, developing 11 jetties at Bedi, Rozi and Nargol, 7 (seven) railway connectivity, extending DFC up to Hazira Seaport, besides increasing the railway lines network like Katosan-Bechraji-Chanasma-Ranoj gauge conversion,

The Integrated Logistic Policy plans to form an exclusive Experts Team, drawing experts from private sector and trade associations.

It also takes care of reducing carbon-dioxide emission due to transportation, developing a pan-Gujarat Logistic Master Plan, identifying strategic locations in consultation and collaboration with over ten government departments like transport, seaports, roads and building, GUJSAIL, G-Ride, GIDC and GMB.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat