ITANAGAR: In a significant move, the Arunachal Pradesh cabinet, under the leadership of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, has given the nod for the formulation of the state's logistics policy. This strategic decision aligns the state's vision with the PM Gati Shakti Framework, aiming to establish an integrated, multi-modal logistics ecosystem. The overarching goal is to contribute to the realization of 'Developed Arunachal Pradesh 2047,' as highlighted in an official statement from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) on a Friday.
Acknowledging the pivotal role of the logistics sector on a national scale, the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan was introduced in 2021. This master plan focuses on building multimodal connectivity infrastructure for economic zones. In tandem, the National Logistics Policy, launched in 2022, aims to enhance efficiency and reduce costs in the logistics sector.
The Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) 2022 annual report categorized Arunachal Pradesh in the 'Aspirer' category. This classification prompted the need for policy intervention to elevate the state's logistics standing, moving it from behind the 'Fast Mover' and 'Achiever' categories. LEADS, a data-driven index compiled by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, assesses logistics infrastructure across states.
During the cabinet meeting held on Thursday, the government also took note of recent advancements in connectivity infrastructure and the associated growth prospects. The comprehensive logistics policy seeks to consolidate all connectivity projects under a unified umbrella, streamlining efforts for maximum impact.
Key projects outlined in the policy include the Arunachal Frontier Highway stretching from Nafra to Vijaynagar, the establishment of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Balinong, creation of nine new industrial areas, upgrading of the Lekhi/Naharlagun Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), setting up a warehouse facility for the Itanagar Capital Region at Chimpu, and a proposed logistics hub at Namsai.
The cabinet also conducted a thorough review of the progress of 12 flagship schemes of the Central Government. The overarching goal is to achieve saturation in these schemes by March 2024, emphasizing the state's commitment to comprehensive and timely development initiatives.
Arunachal Pradesh's approval of the logistics policy in alignment with the PM Gati Shakti Framework reflects a strategic vision for integrated development, poised to elevate the state's logistics status and contribute significantly to the national logistics landscape.