PM Gati Shakti Project

PM Gati Shakti Project

  • The NDA government has presented the fourth general budget of its second term. This time also the Finance Minister has presented the budget through digital medium i.e. tablet.

  • Many important announcements were made in the budget which include PM Gati Shakti Project, One Station One Product and many other important announcements like E Vidya.

  • PM Gati Shakti Project is a kind of digital platform with which 16 ministries including rail and road are connected. This scheme was launched on 13 October 2021.

  • Actually the system of bureaucracy is such that it works in different slots. This not only adds complexity to any project clearance or other support, but it also takes a lot of time.

  • For example, once a road is built, it is dug up by other government agencies to lay cables and lay gas pipelines. This not only causes inconvenience but also wastes public money at large.

  • To tackle a similar problem, Gati Shakti Yojana was proposed to meet the targets of all major infrastructure and connectivity projects by 2024-25.

  • This time in the budget, 7 factors have been identified to promote PM Gatishakti, which include roads, rail routes, air routes, airports, goods transport, waterways and logistic infrastructure.

  • Projects related to these 7 factors in the national infrastructure pipeline will be linked to the PM Gatishakti Framework. In these, some targets related to each factor have been fixed, which have to be completed by the year 2024-25.

  • In this program, the government plans to spend Rs 107 lakh crore in which economic zones and connectivity infrastructure will be developed.

  • For example, under the road factor, in the budget 2022 under this project, the network of national highways will be increased by a total of 25 thousand km and the existing cargo handling capacity will be increased to 1600 million tonnes to give more convenience to the Indian Railways business.

  • Simultaneously, the gas pipeline network will be expanded to 35,000 km to achieve the goal of One City, One Grid.

  • Under this project 400 new Vande Bharat trains will be run during the next three years. At the same time, 100 PM Gati Shakti cargo terminal will also be prepared.

  • The PM Gati Shakti Project Master Plan has 6 pillars namely Comprehensiveness, Priority, Adaptation, Synchronization, Analytical and Dynamic.

  • The government believes that this scheme will lead to rapid development of infrastructure in India and increase connectivity in the country. At the same time, due to this, employment opportunities will be created on a large scale in the country; Logistics cost will be cut; Supply chain will improve; and make local goods globally competitive. 

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