Gati Shakti National Master Plan

Gati Shakti National Master 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.

Foundation for next 25 years

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 utilization of resources. 

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.

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 realized 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 realize 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 conceptualize multimodal maritime connectivity at the regional and global levels.

“PM Gati Shakti plan holistically integrates all road, railways, airports, and multimodal connectivity projects. The plan removes the missing gaps for the seamless and efficient conduct of logistics and economic activity by minimizing disruptions.

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