Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, and Textiles, Piyush Goyal reviewed the progress achieved by PM GatiShakti National Master Plan at a meeting with senior officials from various line ministries in New Delhi on Wednesday (16 November).
Goyal appreciated the progress made by central Ministries and States in stepping up the usage of the National Master Plan (NMP), especially to plan critical infrastructure.
The Minister called for more training and capacity building to further boost the utilization of PM GatiShakti by various line ministries, departments and states.
He also asked ministries to prioritize the bridging of critical infrastructure gaps and focus on development of regions of strategic importance, especially industrial clusters that can act as drivers of economic growth.
During the meeting various Ministries made presentations and deliberated their progress and achievements through the National Master Plan platform.
“Since its launch in October 2021, the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan has been a transformative approach towards integrated planning and synchronized infrastructure project implementation,” the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said.
“Adopting a ‘whole of the government approach’, the National Master Plan has successfully incorporated more than 1,900 GIS data layers for infrastructure mapping of different Ministries and State Governments. In the last one year, the NMP has effectively expedited many projects which had been previously stalled,” it added.
The NMP Platform is now also being used by all Central Ministries and State Governments for smoother planning process and sound decision making.
Over 250 infrastructure projects have been examined in the last one year by using the NMP and the PM GatiShakti Institutional Structure.
These projects include many connectivity linkages of rail, port, road, and last mile infrastructure projects for sectors such as agriculture, food, steel, and coal.