Infrastructure projects set to go through PM GatiShakti’s NPG from April, says Anurag Jain

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The PM GatiShakti National Master Plan Implementation Framework is taking its final form at a faster pace and after April 1 this year, every infrastructure project is expected to go through the Network Planning Group (NPG) constituted in part of this initiative, said a senior government official. .

The PM GatiShakti plan was announced last year with the goal of breaking down departmental silos and bringing more holistic and integrated planning and execution of projects to address multimodal and last mile connectivity issues.

This will help reduce logistics costs, said Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) Secretary Anurag Jain.

“Things are in preparation. The group of empowered secretaries (EGOS) and the NPG are formed and the TSU (Technical Support Unit) is more or less in place. So the structure is there,” he told PTI.

The secretary added that the department had held a series of trainings with Indian government departments and organized regional conferences in all states except the North East, where it would happen soon.

“So we’re on the right track. We’ve asked the states to put their layers (on the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan portal). So we’re aiming to get all the layers (like land records) from the states also on the portal. by Mar. 31… What we intend to do is that after April 1, 2022, every project that exceeds Rs 500 crore and is an infrastructure project will be channeled through this ( NPG),” Jain said.

The process, he said, would help make the plan more effective and efficient.

The NPG is made up of heads of the network planning wing of the respective infrastructure ministries and it will assist the EGOS, which is headed by the Cabinet Secretary. The EGOS consists of the Secretaries of 18 Ministries as members and the Head of the Logistics Division, under the DPIIT, as the Convening Member. NPG will clear projects as all infrastructure projects should come here.

“Instead of the departments doing the DPRs (Detailed Project Reports) directly, at the planning stage they will approach the NPG,” he said after it was approved, the project would go through the normal process of approval by the Ministry of Finance Cabinet, depending on the drafts.

Further explaining, the secretary said that suppose the railway is planning a project on a specified route, so by putting the relevant information on the portal before finalizing the DPR, the railways can see if the proposed track crosses any terrain. public or private property or forest. or canal or highways.

The secretary informed that they have sued all states to put information on the portal as soon as possible, and the digitized land records will really help there.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech said Prime Minister GatiShakti’s National Master Plan is a transformative approach for economic growth and sustainable development and is based on seven drivers: roads, railways, airports, ports, public transport, waterways and logistics infrastructure. She added that the scope of the plan will encompass seven drivers for economic transformation, seamless multimodal connectivity and logistics efficiency. It will also include infrastructure developed by state governments in accordance with the national master plan.

The four focus areas will be planning; financing, including through innovative means; use of technology; and faster implementation.

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