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PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan for integrated multimodal connectivity launched

JN Port to augment infrastructure under Plan


The Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the Rs 100 lakh crore PM Gati Shakti - National Master Plan for multimodal connectivity here. He also inaugurated the New Exhibition Complex at Pragati Maidan. Union Ministers Mr Nitin Gadkari, Mr Piyush Goyal, Mr Hardeep Singh Puri, Mr Sarbananda Sonowal, Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia, Mr Ashwini Vaishnav, among others, and eminent industrialists were present on the occasion. 


Foundation for next 25 years


Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister noted the auspicious day of Ashtami, the day of worshiping Shakti and said that on this auspicious occasion, speed of nation’s progress is also getting new Shakti. He said that with the resolve of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India), the foundation of India for the next 25 years is being laid today. “This Master Plan will give impetus (Gati Shakti) to 21st century India,” the Prime Minister stressed. 


“We have not only developed a work culture of completing the projects within the stipulated timeframe but efforts are now being made to complete the projects ahead of time,” he added.


The Prime Minister said the wide gap between macro planning and micro implementation problems of lack of coordination, lack of advance information, thinking and working in silos are leading to hampered construction and wastage of budget.  PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan will address this, resulting in optimum utilisation of resources. 


He recalled 2014 when he took over as Prime Minister and reviewed hundreds of stuck projects, put all projects on a single platform and tried to remove hurdles. He expressed satisfaction that now the focus is on avoiding delays due to lack of coordination.  He said now with the whole of government approach, the collective power of the government is being channelled into fulfilling the schemes. Because of this, many long unfinished projects are being completed. The Prime Minister remarked that the PM Gati Shakti Master Plan not only brings together the government process and its various stakeholders but also helps to integrate different modes of transportation. “This is an extension of holistic governance,” he said.


Boost to infrastructure


The Prime Minister elaborated upon the steps taken to increase the speed of infrastructure development in India, pointing out, among other things, that in the 5 years before 2014, only 1,900 km of railway lines underwent doubling. In the last 7 years, more than 9,000 km of railway lines have been doubled. In the 5 years before 2014, only 3,000 km of railways were electrified. In the last 7 years, more than 24,000 km of railway tracks have been electrified, Mr Modi informed. The Prime Minister said that before 2014, metro rail was running on only about 250 km of track. Today the metro has been expanded up to 700 km and work is going on in 1,000 km of new metro route. 


There were just 5 waterways in 2014, today India has 13 functional waterways. Turnaround time of  vessels at ports has come down to 27 hours from 41 hours in 2014. He said the country has realised the pledge of One Nation One Grid. Today India has 4.25 lakh circuit km power transmission lines compared to 3 lakh circuit km in 2014. 


The Prime Minister expressed the hope that with the development of quality infrastructure, India can realise the dream of becoming the business capital of the world.


JN Port’s plans 


Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has lined up a number of projects under the Master Plan and will be developing them in a time-bound manner. It has formulated a strategic model to conceptualise multimodal maritime connectivity at the regional and global level.


Transformative


According to Mr Rajeev Vijay, Executive Director, Government and Infrastructure Advisory at Knight Frank India, the National Master Plan will lay a foundation for holistic infrastructure and give an integrated pathway for delivery of infrastructure and create robust institutional framework for integrated planning, implementation and digital monitoring using integrated KPI design for such projects. The National Master Plan is sure to transform the infrastructure sector and provide integrated, seamless, timely delivery of infrastructure projects within budgeted costs… It will further motivate private companies to associate with government projects and boost the Indian economy.


“PM Gati Shakti plan holistically integrates all road, railways, airports and multimodal connectivity projects. The plan removes the missing gaps for a seamless and efficient conduct of logistics and economic activity by minimising disruptions. Gati Shakti will incorporate the infrastructure schemes of various Union ministries and state governments — Bharatmala, Sagarmala, UDAN, inland waterways, dry/land ports etc. The plan will also ensure quick completion of works with cost efficiency. The idea is to get all relevant stakeholders aligned for creating the right size infrastructure at a suitable location expeditiously – right from visioning, planning to execution and O&M,” he added. 

 

Source: Exim News Service: New Delhi, Oct. 13