Vibrant Villages plan to be merged with PM Gati Shakti

Source: The post is based on the article “Vibrant Villages plan to be merged with PM Gati Shakti” published in The Hindu on 25th April 2023

What is the News?

The Vibrant Villages Programme(VVP) will be integrated with the Prime Minister’s Gati Shakti mega project.

What is the Vibrant Villages Programme(VVP)?

The Vibrant Villages Programme was first announced in the 2022 Budget. 

Aim: To provide comprehensive development of villages on the border with China and improvement in the quality of life of people living in identified border villages. The development in these villages will help prevent migration, and thus also boost security.

Villages covered: The government has identified 2,967 villages in 19 border districts of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh that will be developed under the VVP. 

– In the first phase of this project stretching over three financial years from 2023-2024 to 2025-2026, 662 villages will be developed. Of them, 455 are in Arunachal Pradesh. 

– The selected villages will be connected by all-weather roads and provided potable piped water, 24×7 electricity (including solar and wind energy), good mobile and internet connectivity, healthcare and enhanced livelihood options. 

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What is PM Gati Shakti?

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Why is the Vibrant Villages Programme integrated with PM Gati Shakti?

Gati Shakti brings together 16 Ministries including Railways and Roadways for integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infrastructure connectivity projects. This allows government departments to break operational silos.

Hence, by integrating VVP with Gati Shakti, there can be better coordination between various ministries and departments to ensure the smooth implementation of the programme.

To implement this integration, Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG-N) in Gujarat has been roped in to provide satellite images and GIS mapping of the projects that will be taken up under the VVP scheme.

BISAG-N will also be tracking the infrastructure and other land-use changes in the border villages for real-time monitoring.

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