Modi re­views progress of nine key in­fra­struc­ture projects

Checks progress of Delhi-Mum­bai In­dus­trial cor­ri­dor, four up­com­ing AIIMs

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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

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