When the ambitious PM GatiShakti National Master Plan (NMP) project was conceived last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is believed to have asked the NMP’s core team by when they could make the project functional at the ground.
Now, 11 months after the PM unveiled the major infra game-changer, over 900 layers of data of central ministries and 654 layers of data of states are available at the click of a button. Nearly 1,300 issues have been resolved in projects for speedy implementation and nearly 200 critical infrastructure projects are being sped up and all states have on-boarded the PM GatiShakti NMP.
“We have complete visibility at the click of a button on the situation on the ground in any part of the country while planning a project. This was missing earlier,” a top official told News18.
Based on PM GatiShakti, the government has finalised a comprehensive country-wide port connectivity plan just a few days ago to connect all its ports by different modes of transport, including 60 road and 42 rail projects that will benefit 84 Indian ports with better connectivity for cargo.
As many as 94 new infra projects for movement of coal, steel and food products have also been identified for a speedy rollout under the PM GatiShakti NMP, officials told News18. These include 13 projects of Ministry of Coal worth Rs 25,439 crore, 13 projects of Department of Fertilizers, 30 projects of Department of Food and Public Distribution, and 38 projects of Steel Ministry.
These include projects for improving connectivity to coal mines in central and eastern belt of the country through new railway lines and the projects are expected to be completed by 2023 and 2026 through close monitoring under the PM GatiShakti NMP. Similar connectivity projects have been drawn up for steel plans situated in northern and central belt of India through new rail lines and airport connectivity.
A big change has also been in the resolution of issues for time-bound implementation of projects with 1,228 issues resolved in the last eight months. “In the same period earlier, only 400-odd issues on an average could be resolved and hence there has been a nearly three-time jump in resolution of issues. These issues mainly involved land acquisition and forest clearances which are the domain of the states,” the top official said.