• Posted on: 8 May 2016
  • By: admin

Cold Storage 

Status of Logistics and Warehousing Facilities in the State: (Source:#MoFPI)

Total storage capacities with various agencies are as follows: Maharashtra State Warehousing Corporation storage capacity: 13 lakh MT, FCI owned godowns: 11.9 lakh MT, as on February 2013 and CWC owned: 40 godowns of 6.77 lakh MT capacity, as on March 2012. Construction of new godowns with a storage capacity of 5.95 lakh MT has been undertaken by the state government. In addition, approximately 3.5 lakh MT of rural godowns have been funded in the state by NABARD.

Export Facility Centres and Cold Storages:

The state has developed 13 export facility centres for various horticultural crops and 36 more such centres are proposed to be developed in the state. Vapour Heat Treatment and Irradiation facility is also available in the state for export consignments. There are more than 80 pack houses in the state. Most cold storages in the state are located in and around Mumbai and ports. As per the data available on APEDA website, Maharashtra had a cold storage capacity of 3.6 lakh MT in 2009. The latest status in terms of total cold storage capacity in the state is not availablLE

Policy Framework

The Industrial Policy 2013

The state government has unleasehed new Industrial Policy 2013Main objective of the policy is to maintain its leadership position, sustained growth and create employment opportunities.

Package Scheme of Incentives, 2013: The state government has announced a Package Scheme of Incentives for the industrial sector.

The scheme covers cold storages and mechanized food/agro processing industries (Dairy, fruit & vegetable processing; grain processing; fish processing; consumer foods including packed foods; non alcoholic beverages from fruits & vegetables) in addition to other industries. It offers Financial Incentives linked to fixed capital, Industrial Promotion Subsidy (IPS), exemption from electricity duty, waiver of stamp duty, power tariff subsidy, capital subsidy to MSME for technology up gradation; quality certification; cleaner production etc. Quantum of these incentives varies with turnover and location of the industry.

Know more about Packaged Incentive Scheme, 2013

Government Support for Setting up Big Industries

Government of Maharashtra Supports the setting up of Big Industries with Lesser time with its support. As Cold storage requires bigger investment, they can take benefits of 

Government incentives for Industries and additional benefits for bigger indstries. 

a) GoM has come up with MAITRI Project for Investments above 10 Crores. 

b) MIDC provides Single Window Clearance for projects established on MIDC Project Areas.

c) Under Packaged Scheme of Incentives, 2013 Government provides various benefits for Mega and Ultra Mega Industries and Certain benefits on Customised basis.10% Additional benefit is given thatn the scheme, when industry gives double emplyement than minimum threshhold limit expected under the scheme. 

MoFPI Schemes for Cold storage

Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure

The objective of the scheme of Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure is to provide integrated cold chain and preservation infrastructure facilities without any break from the farm gate to the consumer. It covers pre-cooling facilities at production sites, reefer vans, mobile cooling units as well as value addition centres which includes infrastructural facilities like Processing/Multi-line Processing/ Collection Centres, etc. for horticulture,  organic produce, marine,  dairy, meat and poultry etc. Individual , Groups of Entrepreneurs,Cooperative Societies, Self Help Groups(SHGs), Farmers Producer Organizations(FPOs),NGOs, Central/State PSUs etc. with business interest in Cold Chain solutions are eligible to  setup integrated cold chain and preservation infrastructure and avail grant under the Scheme. 

The scheme aims to facilitate the establishment of a strong cold chain facility for agricultural, horticultural,dairy, fish & marine, poultry & meat products by establishing linkage from farm gate to  the consumer, end  to end, to reduce losses through efficient storage, transportation and minimal processing. The different components of the Cold Chain projects are as under:


  • Minimal Processing Centre at the farm level and centres is to have facility for weighing, sorting,grading waxing, packing,pre-cooling, Control Atmosphere (CA)/ Modified Atmosphere (MA) cold storage,normal storage and Individual Quick Freezing(IQF).

  • Mobile pre-cooling vans and reefer trucks.

  • Distribution hubs with multi products and multi Control Atmosphere (CA)/ Modified Atmosphere(MA) chambers/ cold storage/ Variable Humidity Chambers, Packing  facility,Cleaning in Process (CIP) Fog treatment, Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) and blast freezing.

  • Irradiationfacility.


  • Subsidy:

  • Financial assistance(grant-in-aid) of 50% the total cost of plant and machinery and technical civil works in General areas and 75% for NE region including Sikkim and difficult areas (J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand) subject to a maximum of Rs.10 crore.

  •       The grant-in-aid will be admissible for payment only after the private investor has paid his share fully as per the following schedule­:


    (i) 1st installment of 25% of the total grant under the scheme will be released after ensuring that 25% of the promoter’s contribution and 25% of the term loan has been spent on the project.

    (ii) 2ndinstallment of another 50% of the total grant under the scheme will be released after ensuring that utilization of first installment of grant and 75% of promoter’s contribution & 75% of term loan has been spent on project.Utilization certificate of the first installment shall be submitted by the promoter at the time of making claim for the second installment.


    (iii) 3rd and final installment of remaining 25% of the grant assistance will be released after ensuring that the utilization of the second installment and 100% of promoters and 100% of term loan has been investing share on the project and the project has achieved completion & commercial operation has started.Utilization certificate of the second installment shall be submitted by the promoter at the time of making claim for the 3rd and final installment.