As a major boost to the country’s transportation system, the government has announced the construction of 48 Gati Shakti multi-modal Cargo Terminals (GCTs) by 30 June 2023.
“As of June 30, 2023, 48 GCTS are operating nationwide, including 05 GCTs in Jharkhand (i.e. Patratu, Sindri, Goda, Pakur and Thaparnagar),” Union Rail Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw informed in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
“Gati Shakti multi-modal Cargo Terminal (GCT)” policy aims to get investments from the private sector for the development of cargo terminals..
As part of the GCT policy, private groups, organizations and companies are encouraged to participate in terminal construction. To complete it on time, the operator of the Gati Shakti cargo terminal is required to complete the construction within 24 months after receiving approval from the competent authority.
The Prime Minister said that the GCT policy helps to improve the cooperation with Indian Railways thus creating direct and indirect employment.
However, he added that exact job data has yet to be determined as the law could have a positive impact on job creation.