National Master Plan clears hurdles for infra Projects

2022-07-07 13:19:50 Logistics News (Roadways & Railways)

A New Railway Line Project in Rajasthan from Taranga Hill-Ambaji-Abu road which remained stalled for nearly six months due to issues relating to pre alignment including lack of Khasra data, field survey on forest and wild sanctuary and no visibility of intersection with Mining areas was resolved within a week using the Gati Shakti Master plan.

The pre alignment issues of five green field corridors were fast tracked using the National Master plan but the official release disclosing this did not reveal where these Greenfield corridor projects were implemented.

The Gati Shakti is already beginning to fast-track a number of infrastructure projects across the country with some states beginning to use it for better implementation of social sector projects. Commerce Minister, Piyush Goyal, chaired a review meeting of the Gati Shakti. The meeting deliberated the progress achieved so far and saw participation of various senior officials from the Ministries of Railways, Road transport and highways, Port and shipping, departments of Food and Public Distribution system, Coal besides Ministries of Steel, Department of Fertilizers, DoT, Rural Development Ministry, and Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics.

The meeting reviewed the status of the National Master Plan since its launch on October 13, 2021 and discussed  the plans for faster integration of data into the portal. With over 900 data layers updated by Central Ministries and 316 essential layers by States/UTs, the meeting took note of various Ministries/Departments using the same to share their proposed projects after having been mapped and aligned digitally.

The government is committed to resolve user issues by overcoming various departmental silos said Minister Goyal

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Piyush Goyal said that under the Gati Shakti’s transformative approach, the government is committed to resolve user issues by overcoming various departmental silos. He added that its role through the National Master Plan and the Institutional Framework is essential to lay down the stepping stones to India’s multimodal infrastructure network

The meeting deliberated over releasing the National Master Plan in public domain. Senior officials informed that guidelines for the release are already underway. The meeting particularly emphasized the role that the National Master Plan could play in decision-making for the social sector. 

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