Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved PM GatiShakti National Master Plan
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan, which includes an institutional framework for implementing, monitoring, and supporting multimodal connectivity.
On October 13, 2021, Prime Minister announced the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity. Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGOS), Network Planning Group (NPG), and Technical Support Unit (TSU) with necessary technical skills comprise the implementation framework.
Empowered Group of Secretaries, EGOS will be headed by the Cabinet Secretary and comprised of Secretaries from 18 Ministries and the Head of the Logistics Division as Member Convenor. The EGOS has been tasked with the responsibility of reviewing and monitoring the PM GatiShakti NMP’s implementation to guarantee logistical efficiency. It has the authority to establish frameworks and standards for any future changes to the NMP.
Additionally, EGOS will provide the process and final framework for synchronising different operations and ensuring that various infrastructure development efforts are incorporated into the single integrated digital platform. EGOS will also consider the interventions necessary to satisfy demand, such as effectively moving bulk commodities in accordance with the requirements of different Ministries such as Steel, Coal, and Fertilizer.
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA also approved the formation, composition, and terms of reference of a Network Planning Group (NPG) comprised of the heads of separate infrastructure ministries’ Network Planning wing, which will support the EGOS.
Additionally, given the complexity of network integration, optimising work to prevent duplication, and lowering logistics costs via micro-plan detailing, the Technical Support Unit (TSU) has been approved to provide the necessary skills. TSU’s organisational structure has also been approved.
TSU will be comprised of domain experts from a variety of infrastructure sectors, including aviation, maritime, public transport, rail, roads and highways, and ports, as well as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in areas such as urban and transportation planning, structures (roads, bridges, and buildings), power, pipeline, GIS, information technology, finance/market PPP, logistics, and data analytics.
The PM GatiShakti National Master Plan aims to break down departmental silos and promote more holistic and integrated planning and execution of projects with the objective of addressing the problems of multimodal connectivity and last-mile connectivity. This will assist in lowering logistical costs. This will result in huge economic benefits for consumers, farmers, youth, and entrepreneurs.
With this clearance, the implementation of PM GatiShakti will gain pace, resulting in a comprehensive and integrated planning framework for the country’s infrastructure development.
PM GatiShakti will now be able to bring together various stakeholders and assist them in integrating diverse forms of transportation. To guarantee comprehensive governance, PM Gatishakti’s National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity would include Indian citizens as well as industry stakeholders, Indian manufacturers, and Indian farmers.
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