PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan
- In order to plan coordinated execution of infrastructure projects, project identification for PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan is ongoing based on inputs from Infrastructure and Economic Ministries. This was stated by Union Minister of State for Finance Shri Pankaj Chaudhary in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
Progress so far:
- The Minister stated that the progress so far under PM Gati Sakti Master Plan is as under:-
- Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications & Geo-informatics in coordination with DPIIT is integrating data layers of Central Ministries/Department on National Master Plan (NMP) portal. State related layers to the extent information shared have been integrated in coordination with States.
- Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGoS), Network Planning Group (NPG) and Technical Support Unit (TSU) have been constituted and operationalized.
- Training and capacity building for 17 Ministries/Departments on PM Gati Shakti NMP has been completed and five zonal conferences have been organised.
About the Scheme:
- Aim: To ensure integrated planning and implementation of infrastructure projects in the next four years, with focus on expediting works on the ground, saving costs and creating jobs.
- The Gati Shakti scheme will subsume the Rs 110 lakh crore National Infrastructure Pipeline that was launched in 2019.
- Besides cutting logistics costs, the scheme is also aimed at increasing cargo handling capacity and reducing the turnaround time at ports to boost trade.
- It also aims to have 11 industrial corridors and two new defence corridors – one in Tamil Nadu and other in Uttar Pradesh.
- Extending 4G connectivity to all villages is another aim. Adding 17,000 kms to the gas pipeline network is being planned.
- It will help in fulfilling the ambitious targets set by the government for 2024-25, including expanding the length of the national highway network to 2 lakh kms, creation of more than 200 new airports, heliports and water aerodromes.
Source: THE HINDU.