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Issue no 31, 30 October - 5 November

Cabinet nod sets PM GatiShakti NMP in motion

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan (NMP), including the institutional framework, implementation, monitoring, and support mechanism for multi-modal connectivity. The PM GatiShakti NMP was launched by the honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 13th October 2021. With the Cabinet nod, momentum has been set for the rollout of the holistic and integrated planning framework for infrastructure development across the country by integrating different modes of transportation. The plan is set to be a game-changer in inter-ministerial and inter-departmental cooperation in infrastructure planning, signaling a paradigm shift in the approach to development planning. It will ensure maximum utilization of resources and capacities, enhancing efficiency and reducing wastage.

The implementation framework approved by the cabinet includes an Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGOS), Network Planning Group (NPG), and Technical Support Unit (TSU), having the required technical competencies. The Cabinet Secretary will head the EGOS that will comprise Secretaries of 18 ministries as members, and the head of Logistics Division as Member Convenor.

The EGOS will review and monitor the implementation of the plan to ensure logistics efficiency. It is empowered to prescribe framework and norms for undertaking any subsequent amendments to the NMP. The EGOS will also set out the procedure and definitive framework for synchronization of various activities and ensure that infrastructure development initiatives are part of the standard integrated digital platform. The EGOS will also look at the interventions required for efficiently transporting bulk goods required by various ministries like Steel, Coal, Fertilizer, etc.

The CCEA has also approved the formation, composition, and terms of reference for Network Planning Group (NPG) consisting of heads of the Network Planning wing of respective infrastructure ministries, and it will assist the EGOS.

The Technical Support Unit (TSU) will provide the required competencies in enhancing optimization to avoid duplication of works for holistic development of any region, reducing logistics costs through micro-plan detailing, given the complexities involved in the overall integration of networks. The TSU will have domain experts from various infrastructure sectors as Aviation, Maritime, Public Transport, Rail, Roads & Highways, Ports, etc. and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in Urban & Transport Planning, Structures (Roads, Bridges & Buildings), Power, Pipeline, GIS, ICT, Finance/Market PPP, logistics, Data Analytics, etc.

The PM GatiShakti NMP intends to break departmental silos and bring in more holistic and integrated planning and execution of projects to address multimodal and last mile connectivity issues, bringing down the logistics cost. The initiative will translate into enormous economic gains to consumers, farmers, youth, and those engaged in businesses.

Source: PIB/myGOV.in