Logistics is an important part of this region, this being the centre of the country, with the existence here of the several criteria that make this region conducive for the purpose, said Shivkumar Rao, President of Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED) and logistics expert. The Logistics Policy declared at the Magnetic Maharashtra Conference on February 2, 2018, is very sound and clearly lays down the roadmap for setting up of Integrated Logistics Parks and Logistics Parks in Maharashtra.
The policy also notified Maharashtra Industries Development Corporation (MIDC) as the special planning authority (SPA). Taking into account the policy notifying MIDC as the SPA, the Department of Industries, Labour and Energy, GoM, issued a notification on March 8, 2018 highlighting the key features of the Logistics Policy and laid down the procedure for obtaining sanctions and notification of Logistics Parks, he said. Subsequent to that, on June 13, 2018, the Urban Development Ministry also issued a notification recognising the appointment of MIDC as the SPA in terms of the Logistics Policy. Taking cognisance of the Logistics Policy, the procedure of sanction, rules and procedures for starting of Integrated Logistics Parks/Logistics Parks was laid down.
Rao said, “We have made a submission regarding the current procedure and its accompanying problems faced by the applicants here and given a list of the problems and how they may be obviated.” Speaking of the current problems, Rao further clarified that, the current procedure, according to the notifications, was that all applications for setting up the parks have to be submitted to the CEO, MIDC, Mumbai, the SPA for logistics parks. The proposal by VED was to create a single-window clearance at the local level and that the applications should be allowed to be submitted to the Regional Office of MIDC for sanctions.“In the current procedure, a large number of documents are required, seeking 23 clearances. About 10-12 of them are being sought from the applicant when the applications are being submitted initially to the MIDC. Only after all the NoCs are issued does the MIDC accept the application,” he said.
“There is no clarity for sanction of logistics parks for areas within the Nagpur Metropolitan Region. In terms of the Logistics Policy, MIDC is the SPA and therefore no separate sanction from NMRDA should be required,” Upganlawar suggested. Rao said VED expects these issues, crucial as they are to logistics, being resolved by the State Government as early as possible, which would make a big difference to this region in terms of logistics.
Need for self-declaration mechanism for all clearances: Upganlawar Rahul Upganlawar, Secretary General of VED suggested that there should be a self-declaration mechanism for all the clearances. MIDC should accept the submitted applications in the first place subsequent to which the applicant can start the process of getting the NoCs while the MIDC scrutinises the sites through visits by their officials. “Both parties working simultaneously would ensure there is no time loss. Once all the NoCs come through from both sides, the final notification can be issued by the MIDC for the logistics parks,” he said. While the current procedure is that a Fire NoC has to be submitted through an application on a portal for approval under the Fire Protection Laws. The time-frame for the follow-up of this at the Mumbai office in the Mantralaya is 90 days. According to the proposal made by VED, to ensure that the NoC is issued within the stipulated 90 days, the last date for raising of queries should be fixed as 45 days so that the applicant has enough time to meet with the compliances, he said.