The success of the Gati-Shakti Yojana hinges on seamless collaboration between the government and the private sector. With intricate coordination, the government can provide policy support, while the private sector can contribute expertise and resources, facilitating the development of robust infrastructure and ensuring efficient connectivity across various sectors, ultimately driving economic growth.
UPSC Mains General Studies Paper – 2 Mains 2022
- Introduce with keywords union government’s the Scheme – PM Gati-Shakti Yojana with complete vision objective and plan.
- Describe the ideas of required to meticulous coordination among all stakeholders to fulfil the objectivity.
- Way forward to ensure integrated planning and implementation of infrastructure projects.
- Accordingly conclude it.
The government of India has launched the ambitious Gati Shakti scheme or National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity plan, with the aim of coordinated planning and execution of infrastructure projects to bring down logistics costs.
- Five key social sector departments – health, women and child development, rural development and panchayat raj, education, and housing and urban affairs – have joined the PM Gati Shakti Scheme, aimed at cutting India’s logistical costs
- Implementing agency: DPIIT (Department for promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) of the commerce and industry ministry.
- To ensure integrated planning and implementation of infrastructure projects in the next four years, with focus on expediting works on the ground, saving costs and creating jobs.
- The Gati Shakti scheme will subsume the Rs 110 lakh crore National Infrastructure Pipeline that was launched in 2019.
- Besides cutting logistics costs, the scheme is also aimed at increasing cargo handling capacity and reducing the turnaround time at ports to boost trade.
- It also aims to have 11 industrial corridors and two new defence corridors – one in Tamil Nadu and other in Uttar Pradesh. Extending 4G connectivity to all villages is another aim. Adding 17,000 kms to the gas pipeline network is being planned.
- It will help in fulfilling the ambitious targets set by the government for 2024-25, including expanding the length of the national highway network to 2 lakh kms, creation of more than 200 new airports, heliports and water aerodromes.
It intends to bring together 16 infrastructure related Ministries.
- This will help in removing long-standing issues such as disjointed planning, lack of standardisation, problems with clearances, and timely creation and utilisation of infrastructure capacities.
- Gati Shakti Digital Platform: It involves the creation of a common umbrella platform through which infrastructure projects can be planned and implemented in an efficacious manner by way of coordination between various ministries/departments on a real-time basis.
- The scheme will help mapping the existing and proposed connectivity projects.
- Also, there will be immense clarity on how different regions and industrial hubs in the country are linked, particularly for last mile connectivity.
- A holistic and integrated transport connectivity strategy will greatly support Make in India and integrate different modes of transport.
- It will help India become the business capital of the world.
- Need for Integrated Infrastructure Development:
- There exists a wide gap between macro planning and micro implementation due to the lack of coordination and advanced information sharing as departments think and work in silos.
- According to a study, the logistical cost in India is about 13% of GDP, which is higher than developed countries.
- Due to this high logistical cost, the competitiveness of India’s exports is greatly reduced.
- It is globally accepted that the creation of quality infrastructure for Sustainable Development is a proven way, which gives rise to many economic activities and creates employment on a large scale.
- The scheme is in synergy with the National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP).
- The NMP has been announced to provide a clear framework for monetisation and give potential investors a ready list of assets to generate investment interest.
PM Gati Shakti is a step in the right direction. However, it needs to address structural and macroeconomic stability concerns, emanating from high public expenditure. Thus, it is imperative that this initiative is underpinned by a stable and predictable regulatory and institutional framework.
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