PM Gatishakti launched
Prime Minister on 13 October 2021 launched the digital platform for the first ever National Infrastructure Masterplan, through which the entire network of projects - from roads and railways to telecom networks and gas pipelines - until 2020, with plans up to 2024-25, will be laid out. The platform will provide high resolution satellite images, infrastructure, utilities, administrative boundaries, land and logistics. The masterplan, called PM GatiShakti, was announced on Independence Day.
About the Plan
- The GatiShakti project will break departmental silos and institutionalise holistic planning for the stakeholders across major infrastructure projects.
- The plan looks to make a centralized portal comprising of all existing and planned infrastructure initiatives of as many as 16 central ministries and departments.
- GatiShakti is based on the six pillars of comprehensiveness, prioritisation, optimisation, synchronisation and being analytical and dynamic.
- Arguing that infrastructure creation in India had suffered for decades from multiple issues, the government has been pointing to a major lack of coordination between different departments as a prime reason.
- The master plan is expected to generate large-scale employment opportunities, cut down logistics costs, improve supply chains and make local goods competitive globally.
- PM GatiShakti seeks infra projects to be designed and executed with a common vision, and incorporates the infrastructure schemes of various ministries and state governments.
- The Plan will not only give infrastructure creation a new direction but also provide a new pace to existing projects.
Aim of the national plan
- The “PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan for Multi-Modal Infrastructure Connectivity to Economic Zones” with tag line ‘Gati se Shakti’ will include projects under existing flagship schemes of different ministries such as Bharatmala, Sagarmala, Udaan, expansion of railway network, inland waterways and Bharat Net.
- The seamless multi-modal connectivity will ensure the seamless movement of goods and people and enhance the ease of living as well as the ease of doing business.
- Gati Shakti will also help in fulfiling the ambitious targets set by the government for the period of 2024-25, including expanding the length of the national highway network to 2 lakh route km, creation of over 200 airports, heliports and water aerodromes and doubling the gas pipeline network to 35,000 km.