Modi launches master plan to promote infrastructure projects
“Prime Minister Gati Shakti will help India realize its dream of becoming the corporate capital of the world”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated Prime Minister Gati Shakti, a national master plan to synchronize connectivity infrastructure projects across all modes of transport, and said it will help India realize its dream of becoming an “entrepreneurial capital” of the world.
Confronting “some political parties” for criticizing infrastructure projects that he said were necessary for the country, Modi said that “the issue of infrastructure has not been a priority for most of India’s political parties.
“This is not even visible in their manifesto … despite the global acceptance that creating quality infrastructure for sustainable development is a proven way, leading to many economic activities and generating large-scale employment,” he said. out of.
Referring to common cases of roads being built only to be dug again for work required by other public services such as water, the Prime Minister said that there was a large gap between macro planning and micro implementation due to lack of coordination. and to the exchange of advanced information as departments. think and work in silos. This, he said, was leading to hampering construction and wasting budget resources.
Citing the example of Dadri, where an integrated industrial municipality was looming, the Prime Minister said that India needed a similar “plug and play” infrastructure so that investors could come and go smoothly.
As in Dadri of Greater Noida, such an integrated municipality could connect with the dedicated eastern and western freight corridor. For that, multimodal logistics centers would be built, which would have a state-of-the-art railway terminal, an inter- and intra-state bus terminal, a mass rapid transportation system and other amenities.
“By building them in different parts of the country, India could achieve the dream of becoming the commercial capital of the world,” he stressed.
“Our goals are extraordinary and will require extraordinary efforts. To achieve these goals, PM Gati Shakti will be the most helpful factor. Like JAM [Jan Dhan, Aadhar, Mobile] trinity revolutionized people’s access to government facilities, PM Gati Shakti will do the same in the field of infrastructure, ”Modi said.
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Recalling his initial findings after taking over as prime minister in 2014, Modi said he reviewed hundreds of stalled infrastructure projects and decided to put all projects on one platform and tried to remove obstacles. Now, with a “whole-of-government approach”, the collective power of the government is channeled towards compliance with the schemes avoiding the delays caused by coordination gaps.
“Because of this, many unfinished projects have been completed for decades,” he said, citing better infrastructure results in the last seven years in all sectors, ranging from the electrification of rail lines to gas pipelines, metro rail services and mega food parks.
“There were only five waterways in 2014. Today, there are 13 functional waterways. The response time of ships in ports has been reduced to 27 hours from 41 hours in 2014. Today, India has power transmission lines of 4.25 lakh kilometers of circuit compared to 3 lakh kilometers of circuit in 2014, ”said the Prime Minister at the launch of the Gati Shakti Program.
Union ministers from key infrastructure ministries attended the launch function, including the Minister of Roads and Road Transport, Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Energy, RK Singh, the Minister of Telecommunications and Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Minister of Petroleum, Hardeep Puri, and the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Piyush Goyal. .
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath virtually attended the launch, with Chief Ministers of Gujarat and Tripura and Deputy Governors of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Andaman and Nicobar.