PM GatiShakti – National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity was launched with objective of coordinating different departments for development of infrastructure within the country. The aim is to provide a digital platform to harmonize and integrate various infrastructure projects under 16 ministries including railways and roadways.
Crores of rupees have been wasted by different departments while carrying out infrastructure projects due to lack of coordination. PM GatiShakti will address this issue by providing necessary mechanism to prioritise and schedule projects under different ministries or departments. Besides reducing the cost of projects, this initiative will make it’s implemention much faster.
Gati means speed and shakthi means power. The project will facilitate faster movement of people and goods.
Traditionally, there was lack of coordination between different Departments, for example, once a road was constructed, other agencies dug up the constructed road again for activities like laying of underground cables, gas pipelines etc. This not only caused great inconvenience but was also a wasteful expenditure. To address this, efforts were made to increase coordination so that all cables, pipelines etc. could be laid simultaneously. Steps have also been taken to address other issues like time-taking approval process, multiplicity of regulatory clearances etc. In the last few years, the Government has ensured unprecedented focus on infrastructure through a holistic outlook. This helps to address the past issues through institutionalizing holistic planning for stakeholders for major infrastructure projects. Instead of planning & designing separately in silos, the projects will be designed and executed with a common vision.Press Information Bureau –
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Key Sectors and Projects that will be benefited by PM GatiShakti
Telecommunication Sector: In Union Budget 2022, the Finance Minister of India Smt. Nirmala Sitaraman announced the government’s plan to connect all villages by laying optical fibers and the contracts will be given in the FY2022-23. About 35,00,000 kms of optical fibers shall be laid down before 2025. This will enable internet connectivity in rural remote areas.
Renewable Energy Sector: The government had set a goal to achieve 500 gigawatts (GW) and 50 per cent non-fossil fuel energy share by 2030. Renewable energy resources are abundant in India, but not evenly spread. While some states have plentiful wind and solar endowments, most demand growth will come from states with less renewable energy potential.New renewable energy infrastructure can now be built within two years from initial plans through to completion, years faster than any new coal- or LNG-fired plants.
Power Sector: India ranked sixth in the list of countries to make significant investment in clean energy by allotting US$ 90 billion in between 2010-2019. Power consumption is estimated to reach 1,894.7 TWh in 2022. India’s power transmission network is expected to reach 4,54,200 circuit kilometers by 2024.
Energy Sector: India is the 3rd largest energy consumer in the World after China and USA. Gas pipelines are laid down through out the country to improve accessiblity to energy in rural and remote areas. An additional 13,500 kms long gas pipeline is under construction to complete the Natural Gas Grid.
Interlinking of rivers: Under the National Perspective Plan (NPP) prepared by Ministry of Water Resources, NWDA has already identified 14 links under Himalayan Rivers Component and 16 links under Peninsular Rivers Component for inter basin transfer of water based on field surveys and investigation and detailed studies.
Mumbai Port Trust projects: The multimodal connectivity master plan of Mumbai Port Trust is founded on two pillars, namely cargo-related projects and Sea Tourism.
PM GatiShakti is based on six pillars:
1. Comprehensiveness: It will include all the existing and planned initiatives of various Ministries and Departments with one centralized portal. Each and every Department will now have visibility of each other’s activities providing critical data while planning & execution of projects in a comprehensive manner.
2. Prioritization: Through this, different Departments will be able to prioritize their projects through cross–sectoral interactions.
3. Optimization: The National Master Plan will assist different ministries in planning for projects after identification of critical gaps. For the transportation of the goods from one place to another, the plan will help in selecting the most optimum route in terms of time and cost.
4. Synchronization: Individual Ministries and Departments often work in silos. There is lack of coordination in planning and implementation of the project resulting in delays. PM GatiShakti will help in synchronizing the activities of each department, as well as of different layers of governance, in a holistic manner by ensuring coordination of work between them.
5. Analytical: The plan will provide the entire data at one place with GIS based spatial planning and analytical tools having 200+ layers, enabling better visibility to the executing agency.
6. Dynamic: All Ministries and Departments will now be able to visualize, review and monitor the progress of cross-sectoral projects, through the GIS platform, as the satellite imagery will give on-ground progress periodically and progress of the projects will be updated on a regular basis on the portal. It will help in identifying the vital interventions for enhancing and updating the master plan.
Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP)
Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP) is designed to enhance efficiency and reduce the cost of logistics in India by creating a transparent, one window platform that can provide real-time information to all stakeholders. It was also emphasized that the solution should have the visibility of multi-modal transport, and all the existing systems of various ministries, governing bodies, and private stakeholders should be integrated with the ULIP system.
There are three key components which are defining the ULIP platform:
Integration with existing data sources of ministries: As authorization, compliance and clearance are some of the critical activities of Logistics; the integration with data points of ministries shall enable a holistic view and interlink the handshaking points.
Data exchange with private players: To enable the private players, logistics service providers, and industries to utilize the data available with ULIP and at the same time share their data (transportation, dispatch, delivery, etc.) with ULIP, thereby streamlining the processes to bring better efficiency through data exchange.
Unified document reference in the supply chain: To enable a single digitized document reference number for all the documentation processes in a single platform.
ULIP shall enable start-ups and private organizations to build the presentation layer, encompassing various use-cases to serve the service, trade and logistics service provide