New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday unveiled the 100 lakh crore ‘Gati Shakti National Master Plan and claimed that this was a step towards increasing efficiency by connecting all concerned departments on one platform.
He further said that taxpayers were insulted in the past due to a lethargic approach towards the development work, he said that this plan would change that. he said development is not possible without quality infrastructure and the government has now resolved to develop it in a holistic manner.
“Infrastructure development has been far from the priority of most of the political parties. It was never been part of their manifesto… but it has been known that quality infrastructure is a way to sustainable development which builds economy & generates employment,” PM Modi said.
The aim of the new plan is to target to cut logistic costs, increase cargo handling capacity and reduce the turnaround time, Modi said at the inauguration function. It seeks to provide integrated and seamless connectivity for the movement of people, goods, and services from one mode of transport to the other.
Adding that infrastructure schemes of various ministries and state governments will be designed and executed with a common vision, he said that the plan will lend more power to and speed up projects by connecting all concerned departments on one platform.
Gati Shakti joins different departments for the coordinated development of projects from road to railways, aviation to agriculture, the Prime Minister said.
Stating that high logistics cost in India at 13 per cent of GDP was impacting competitiveness in exports, he said PM Gati Shakti is aimed at reducing logistic cost and turnaround time. With this, India will become a more attractive investment destination, PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister said the speed and scale of growth under his government was never seen in the previous 70 years of independence. “What was done in 27 years, we are doing in it in less than half that time,” he said.
PM Gati Shakti will provide business community with information about upcoming connectivity projects, other business hubs and industrial areas. It also seeks to leverage technology by including spatial planning tools with ISRO imagery, ANI reported.
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