PM Gati shakti: 66 big-ticket infrastructure projects worth INR 5 lakh crore recommended for approval for this fiscal

Under the PM Gati shakti initiative, as many as 66 big-ticket infrastructure projects worth INR 5 lakh crore of various ministries have been recommended for approval for this fiscal, a senior official said on Thursday. These initiatives have been recommended by the Network Planning group (NPG) constituted underneath the PM GatiShakti initiative launched in October last year.

Sumita Dawra, Special secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and internal Trade (DPIIT) said that each ministry should adopt the PM GatiShakti initiative up to the field level, so that every district collector, officer and state is equally involved in it.

The PM Gati shakti-National Master Plan was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 13, 2022 with an aim of developing an integrated infrastructure to bring in operational efficiency and reduce the high logistics cost of the nation.

All logistics and connectivity infrastructure initiatives, entailing investments of over Rs 500 crore, are routed through the NPG.

“66 big-ticket project (each worth over INR 500 crore). Prices of those initiatives are coming to be about INR 5 lakh crore have been assessed on Gati Shakti ideas within the last 8 months,” Dawra informed reporter.

The Gurdaspur-Jammu-Srinagar natural gas pipeline priced at INR 6,931 crore; Chennai-Trichy-Tuticorin Exp project worth INR 30,502 crore and Marwar industrial cluster priced at INR 922 crore, are all a part of these 66 big-ticket projects.

The NPG has representations from varied connectivity infrastructure ministries/ departments involving their heads of network planning division for unified planning and integration of the proposals.

At the planning stage, all these departments before making a detailed project report approach the NPG for approval. Once cleared by the NPG, the projects follows the traditional procedure of approval and get clearance from the finance ministry and the cabinet, depending upon the projects.

Dawra mentioned that the time involved in DPR has been signifiacently down from the usual six months period, due to the use of the national masterplan portal.

Over 1,000 layers of data, related to land, ports, forest, and highways, can be found on the portal, she added.

Utilization of the portal by different ministries including the social sector departments and states is growing and it’s helping plan the projects in a proper manner, she mentioned.

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