Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched PM Gati Shakti-National Master Plan for Multi-Modal Connectivity. He also inaugurated the new exhibition complex at Pragati Maidan. Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, Hardeep Singh Puri, Sarbananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ashwini Vaishnav, RK Singh, Chief Ministers of States, Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories, State Ministers, eminent industrialists were present on the occasion. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group from the industry; Su Mallika Nivasan, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), Tractors and Firm Equipment; T V Narendran, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Tata Steel and Deepak Garg, Co-Founder, Rivigo, expressed their views.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister mentioned the auspicious day of Ashtami i.e. the day of worship of Shakti and said that the pace of progress of the country is also getting new strength on this auspicious occasion. He said that today with the resolve of self-reliant India, the foundation of India is being laid for the next 25 years. PM Gatishakti National Master Plan will take India’s faith to the resolve of self-reliant India. The Prime Minister said, this masterplan will give Gati (Gatishakti) to the India of the 21st century.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the people of India, the industry of India, the business world of India, the manufacturers of India, the farmers of India are at the heart of this great campaign of dynamism. Will give new energy for the construction of the building, will remove the obstacles in their path.
The Prime Minister said that over the years the work in progress board had become a symbol of lack of confidence and progress required speed, eagerness and collective efforts. He said that today’s 21st century India is leaving behind the old systems and practices.
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He said that not only have we developed a work-culture of completing the projects within the stipulated time frame, but today efforts are being made to complete the projects before time.
The Prime Minister lamented the fact that in our country the subject of infrastructure has been a priority for most of the political parties. It is not even visible in his manifesto. The Prime Minister said that now the situation has come that some political parties have started criticizing the construction of necessary infrastructure for the country. The Prime Minister said that while it is an accepted thing in the world that building quality infrastructure for sustainable development is one such way, which generates many economic activities, creates employment on a large scale.
The Prime Minister said that the wide gap between macro planning and micro implementation is leading to lack of coordination, lack of advance information, thinking and working in a closed environment, hampering construction and wasting budget. He said that instead of increasing or increasing, power gets divided. PM Gatishakti National Master Plan will solve this, because working on the basis of master plan will lead to desired utilization of resources.
He recalled 2014 when he took over as Prime Minister, he reviewed hundreds of stalled projects and put all the projects on a single platform and tried to remove the bottlenecks. He expressed satisfaction that the focus is now on avoiding delays due to lack of coordination. The Prime Minister said that now with the hole-of-government approach, the collective power of the government is being channelized to fulfill the schemes. He said that due to this many projects which were incomplete for decades now are getting completed. The Prime Minister said that the PM Gatishakti Master Plan not only brings together the government process and its various stakeholders, but also helps in integrating different modes of transport. “It is an extension of the overall governance,” he said.
The Prime Minister elaborated on the steps taken to accelerate the development of infrastructure in India. He said that the first interstate natural gas pipeline in India was commissioned in the year 1987. After this, till the year 2014, that is, in 27 years, 15,000 km of natural gas pipeline was built in the country. Today more than 16,000 km of gas pipeline work is going on across the country. This work is targeted to be completed in next 5-6 years.
The Prime Minister said that in the first 5 years of 2014, only 1900 km of railway lines were doubling. In the last 7 years, we have doubled more than 9 thousand km of railway lines. The Prime Minister said that in the 5 years before 2014, only 3000 km of railways was electrified, whereas in the last 7 years, we have electrified more than 24 thousand km of railway tracks. The Prime Minister said that before 2014, the Metro Rail was running on a track of only 250 km. Today the metro has been expanded to 700 km and work is going on on 1000 km new metro route. In the five years before 2014, only 60 panchayats could be connected with optical fiber. In the last 7 years, we have connected over 1.5 lakh gram panchayats with optical fiber.
The Prime Minister said that in order to increase the income of farmers and fishermen of the country, the infrastructure related to processing is also being expanded rapidly. In 2014, there were only 2 mega food parks in the country. Today 19 Mega Food Parks are functioning in the country. Now the target is to take their number to more than 40. In 2014 there were only 5 waterways, today there are 13 working waterways in India. The turnaround time of ships at ports has come down from 41 hours in 2014 to 27 hours. He said that the country has realized the resolve of One Nation One Grid. India today has 4.25 lakh circuit km of lines as compared to 3 lakh circuit km of power transmission lines in 2014.
The Prime Minister expressed hope that with the development of quality infrastructure, India can realize the dream of becoming a trading hub of the world. He said that our goals are extraordinary and it will require extraordinary efforts. PM Gatishakti will be most helpful in realizing these goals. Just as the JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhar, Mobile) trinity revolutionized the accessibility of government facilities to the people, so would PM Gatishakti for the infrastructure sector.