Gati Shakti master plan: DPIIT to monitor, implement infra projects

What is the news? 

The government has recently said that the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) would become the nodal agency for monitoring and implementation of all infrastructure projects under PM GATI SHAKTI PLAN. 

In line with the Gati Shakti plan, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has finalised a blueprint for setting up multi-modal logistics parks, in collaboration with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). 

What is PM Gati Shakti Master Plan? 

This is a master plan expected to boost infrastructure building by integrating key modes of transportation road, rail, air, waterways, thereby reducing logistics costs. 

It is a 100-lakh crore national infrastructure master plan. It aims to make a foundation for holistic infrastructure and give an integrated pathway to our economy. 

Read more: PM Gati Shakti Master Plan 

Earlier status of PM Gati Shakti Master Plan

Till now, the government’s policy think tank, NITI Aayog, and department of economic affairs were the key bodies to spearhead the overall infrastructure project implementation, apart from individual ministries handling their respective projects. 

Other key initiatives to the PM Gati Shakti Master Plan

An online portal would be launched that would integrate the existing portal and data of key infrastructure ministries. It will provide real-time access to information and data on various infrastructure projects and help in better coordination among ministries. 

NHAI would act as the nodal agency for these logistics parks and work in association with the state government and various state agencies for the execution of these warehousing facilities. 

These multi-modal logistics facilities would be exe­cuted on a public-private partnership, with a project com­p­letion timeline of two years. 

How the Gati Shakti Master Plan will be implemented?

The government is creating a new institutional mechanism to coordinate the implementation of the Gati Shakti master plan.  

A network planning group (NPG) of technical experts from each ministry will examine infrastructure projects of ministries costing more than 500 crore rupees and would be classified as multimodal infrastructure projects. 

The projects cleared by NPG will be sent to an EGoS (Empowered Group of Secretaries) under the chairmanship of the cabinet secretary for approving any changes required. 

Source: This post is based on the article “Gati Shakti master plan: DPIIT to monitor, implement infra projects” published in “Business Standard” on 11th October 2021. 

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