Infrastructure gaps have been identified in around 130 critical projects during the first six months of the central government’s flagship Gati Shakti Mission.
The Union Ministry of Shipping, Ports and Waterways has itself recognised about 80 projects so far. Similarly, the Steel and Coal ministries have to address issues prevalent in 38 and 13 projects respectively.
Apparently, over 1300 projects are set to be on-boarded to the National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) by 2024. 850 of them have been mapped on it until now.
The overall objective is to reduce delays, cost and time overruns to expedite India’s progress towards achieving a $5 trillion economy, The Economic Times (ET) reports.
To put it in context, work is required on the ports-road linkages to the Machilipatnam Port, Mundra and Dahej ports, Keni-Belekeri port along with links to Malpe, Padubidri and Hangarkatta.
The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways along with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) are the implementing agencies for these projects.
They are now supposed to conduct talks with the Network Planning Group under the Gati Shakti group to fast-track the execution of the concerned initiatives.