The PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan receives Cabinet approval
The PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan which has been introduced to increase coordination between government stakeholders to boost the efficiency of infrastructure projects was launched on 13th October. The plan was initially announced in the 75th Independence Day speech made by the Prime Minister and focuses on multi-modal connectivity. It aims to break department silos to identify synergies, cut costs and reduce turnaround time. On 21st October, the Cabinet approved the INR 100 lakh crore PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan.
During the launch event, the Prime Minister said that due to the wide gap between macro planning and micro implementation problems of lack of coordination, lack of advance information and thinking and working in silos are leading to hampered construction and wastage of budget. He stressed that the people of India, Indian industry, Indian business, Indian manufacturers, and Indian farmers are at the centre of this great campaign of Gati Shakti.
The PM Gati Shakti NMP will be monitored by a three-tier system. An Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary at the top, a Multimodal Network Planning Group (NPG) with representation from the heads of Network Planning Division from various Ministries and Departments and a Technical Support Unit (TSU) as part of the Logistics Division of Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The EGoS has been mandated to review and monitor the implementation of the PM Gati Shakti NMP to ensure logistics efficiency. It is empowered to prescribe framework and norms for undertaking any subsequent amendments to the NMP. It will also look at the interventions required to meet the demand side, in efficiently transporting bulk goods on the requirement of various Ministries such as those of Steel, Coal, Fertilizer, etc. While the NPG will assist the EGoS, the TSU is approved to provide the required competencies. TSU will have domain experts from various infrastructure sectors as Aviation, Maritime, Public Transport, Rail, Roads & Highways, Ports, etc. and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) as Urban & Transport Planning, Structures (Roads, Bridges & Buildings), Power, Pipeline, GIS, ICT, Finance/Market PPP, logistics, Data Analytics, etc.
The Gati Shakti National Master Plan is an extension of the government’s aim to ensure holistic governance. The finance ministry is working with other ministries in the government on rapid execution of the three major reform programmes that are essential to infrastructure growth – The National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) (https://indiainvestmentgrid.gov.in/national-infrastructure-pipeline), the National Monetization Pipeline (NMP) and the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan. The three schemes hope to ensure seamless movement of goods and services in the country and create employment opportunities for its people.