Modi reviews progress of nine key infrastructure projects
Checks progress of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial corridor, four upcoming AIIMs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the progress of nine vital infrastructure projects worth over ₹56,000 crore in his twentyfirst interaction through PRAGATI — the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation.
The projects reviewed on Wednesday include the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, and construction of four new AIIMS at Manglagiri in Andhra Pradesh, Kalyani in West Bengal, Nagpur in Maharashtra, and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
His review covered railway, road, power and oil pipeline and health sectors, spread over Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Punjab, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Telangana, and Kerala.
Smart cities review
Modi also reviewed the progress of the Smart Cities Mission. He said the challenge before everyone is now to ensure implementation and expeditious completion of the work in the 90 identified cities, with high quality.
The review also focussed on the progress made in handling and resolving grievances related to patents and trademarks.
The Prime Minister noted the improvement in performance, asked the officers concerned to work towards further expediting the processing of patent and trademark applications. Officials explained the steps taken towards speeding up the grant of patents and trademarks, including enhanced manpower.
While reviewing the progress of the Forest Rights Act, Modi emphasised the importance of using space technology to determine the rights of tribal communities, and settle claims expeditiously.
He also said that the apprehensions on GST were unfounded and a smooth transition has taken place.
He asked all Chief Secretaries to further boost efforts to increase registration under GST, and to achieve a quantum jump in this regard within a month. On the government e-Marketplace (GeM), he said the portal has improved transparency and reduced wasteful expenditure. He asked the Chief Secretaries of all States to give priority to GeM in government procurement. An official statement said that the first 20 meetings of PRAGATI have reviewed 183 projects with a total investment of ₹8.79 lakh crore. Resolution of public grievances has also been reviewed in 17 sectors.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed projects across sectors such as railway, road, power and oil pipeline and health