Prime Minister GatiShakti: Over 250 infrastructure projects reviewed by NPG since October 2021

Over 250 critical infrastructure projects of different ministries, including railways, roads and ports, have been reviewed and recommended by the Network Planning Group (NPG), which was constituted under PM GatiShakti’s initiative, since last October, an official in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said. .

On October 13, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched GatiShakti – National Master Plan aimed at developing integrated infrastructure to reduce transport costs.

All transmission and connectivity infrastructure projects, involving investments of over Rs 500 crore, are channeled through the NPG, which is established under the PM GatiShakti initiative.

“Over 250 infrastructure projects have been reviewed in the last year using the Master Plan and the PM GatiShakti Institutional Plan. These projects include multiple linkages with rail, port, road and last mile infrastructure projects for sectors such as agriculture, food, steel and coal,” the official said.

Using the National Master Plan (NMP) portal helps governments and state governments reduce the time and cost of critical infrastructure projects.

Unplanned interruptions due to the use of the portal will now be reduced. Access to the portal is restricted to the government. It is used to identify critical gaps and project planning.

So far, over 26 states have integrated different categories of data with this portal.

NPG has representatives from various Ministries/Departments related to Infrastructure who are involved with their Heads of Network Planning Department for joint planning and integration of the proposals.

All these departments first approach the NPG for approval before making the DPR (detailed project report) at the planning stage. After the approval of the NPG, the project is subject to the usual approvals of the Ministry of Finance and the Government, depending on the project.

For example, if the railway is planning a project on a particular route, by entering the relevant information on the PM GatiShakti master planning portal before proceeding with the DPR, it can see whether the proposed route is passing through public land or private property or highways.

Citing an example, the official said the availability of various decision-making tools has helped the highways ministry fine-tune coordination with reduced authorization requirements.

For example, disruption of Raniganj coal fields on the Indo-Nepal border – Haldia expressway layout was avoided and two ROBS (railway bridges) were reduced during the planning of the Mandi Dabwali-Panipat corridor, the official said.

“The DPR module for the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways on the NMP platform was an innovative initiative to study and modify pedestrian corrections. The decision tool helps to create sequencing, modification, chaining and reporting for any infrastructure project. being mapped on the platform ,” the official added.

Similarly, using the platform, the Ministry of Railways has been able to plan 126 projects per year.

“The platform has accelerated many projects that had previously stalled last year. For example, the new Taranga hill – Ambaji – Abu Road railway line had stalled for almost 6 months due to lack of Khasra wise data and the need for a field survey to assess intersections,” said the official.

Over 1,800 layers of data, including land, ports, forests and highways, are available on the portal.

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