New Delhi: In what is seen as a 'transformative' step as part of the key reform trajectory in governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will, on October 13, unveil the mega PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan bringing 16 central government departments together for planning.
This initiative would boost all infrastructure connectivity projects and will be operative till 2025, sources said. The digital tool would have the 3D digital mapping of the entire country till the plot level. It would make things more transparent, clean and provide the planners and decision-makers with updated data well in advance.
The Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-Informatics under the Union Government's Ministry of Information Technology (MeITY) has prepared the digital geospatial platform for the national master plan for multi-modal connectivity with 200 layers of GIS mapping of the entire country,
Prime Minister Modi had announced the same on India's 75th Independence Day in August this year. He had said that the Centre would launch 'PM Gati Shakti Master Plan', a Rs 100 lakh-crore project for developing 'holistic infrastructure'.
It could include two defence corridors, 90 textile clusters, over 100 pharma clusters,195 food processing parks and about 200 fishing clusters to start with.
The mega project would give a boost to the infrastructure works and would be in tune with the Modi government's initiatives to scale up capital expenditure in infrastructure building to promote economic growth. It aims to easier interconnectivity between road, rail, air and waterways to reduce travel time and enhance industrial productivity.
This move would impact several sectors, including cement, metal, and power, and generate employment. It would also make Indian manufacturing sectors globally competitive, officials said.
In his speech on August 15 from the ramparts of Red Fort, he had pegged the ambitious project as a source of employment opportunities.
The Gati Shakti will also trigger opportunities for new future economic zones and aims to reduce the transportation time.
The state governments would also be requested to join the platform as partners for holistic planning in infrastructure projects. The plan has details of all projects built until March ending 2021.
A proposed 'Gati se Shakti' tag line will include projects under existing flagship schemes of different ministries such as Bharatmala, Sagarmala, inland waterways, Udaan and expansion of railway network, sources said.
It could include two defence corridors, 90 textile clusters, over 100 pharma clusters, 197 food processing parks and about 200 fishing clusters to start with.