narendra Modi launches 'PM GatiShakti - National Master Plan'
In a move to fast-track infrastructure project implementation worth Rs 100 lakh crore across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the ‘‘PM GatiShakti - National Master Plan’’ for multi-modal connectivity.
“We are laying a foundation for the next 25 years. This national master plan will give ‘gatishakti’ to development plans of the 21st century and will help in the timely completion of these plans,” Modi said, unveiling the GatiShakti National Master Plan.
PM Gati Shakti targets to cut logistic costs, increase cargo handling capacity and reduce the turnaround time, Modi said at a function to launch the plan.
The plan aims to lend more power and speed to projects by connecting all concerned departments on one platform, he said, adding the infrastructure schemes of various ministries and state governments will be designed and executed with a common vision.
Officials said the projects being targeted in the first phase includes a network of 2 lakh km of national highways, trains handling cargo of 1,600 million tonnes (mt), doubling gas pipeline network to 35,000 km, and having total 220 airports, airstrips and aerodromes.
The plan encompasses a 25000-acre area developed for industries, including 11 industrial corridors, achieving a Rs 1.7 lakh crore turnover in defence production and having 38 electronics manufacturing clusters and 109 pharma clusters by 2024-25.
Ashish Gupta, deputy MD, Texmaco Rail and Engineering, said: “The institutional approach in the shape of one central portal will help in cutting down costs, give a big fillip to supply chains, and provide an integrated approach for the movement of people and goods.”