Business Standard

Gati Shakti: DPIIT to monitor, implement infra projects


With the launch of the national master plan for multimodal connectivi­ty or PM Gati Shakti on October 13, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) would become the nodal ministry for monitoring and implementa­tion of all infrastruc­ture projects.

Till now, the government’s policy think tank, NITI Aayog, and the finance ministry’s department of economic affairs were the key bodies to spearhead the overall infrastruc­ture project implementa­tion, apart from individual ministries handling their respective projects.

The launch of the master plan is expected to boost infrastruc­ture building by integratin­g key modes of transporta­tion — road, rail, air, waterways, thereby reducing logistics costs. An online portal would be launched that would integrate the existing portal and data of key infrastruc­ture ministries. It will provide real-time access to informatio­n and data on various infrastruc­ture projects and help in better coordinati­on among ministries.

Gati Shakti or the central monitoring portal is also emblematic of the government’s focus on infrastruc­ture creation to accelerate economic growth.

The master plan, which was in the works for over a year now, would get the Union Cabinet’s approval on Wednesday, followed by a launch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Business Standard had last month reported that the master plan would be launched in October.

Meanwhile, in line with the Gati Shakti plan, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has finalised a blueprint for setting up multimodal logistics parks, in collaborat­ion with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

The authority would act as the nodal agency for these logistics parks and work in associatio­n with the state government and various state agencies for the execution of these warehousin­g facilities.

According to an official in the know, bids would be invited from the logistics companies by November for setting up multimodal facilities in Nagpur (Maharashtr­a), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), and Bengaluru (Karnataka) to begin with.

The companies would act to submit bids within 90-120 days from the date of the announceme­nt and the highest bidder will be awarded the project. The companies with a net worth equivalent to 25 per cent of the project cost would be eligible to participat­e in the tender. These multi-modal logistics facilities would be executed on a public-private partnershi­p, with a project completion timeline of two years.

As far as multimodal connectivi­ty is concerned, in the case of Nagpur, the logistics facility would be connected via all modes of travel i.e. air, railways, road, and port. The dry port in Nagpur would be aligned with the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. The facility or the special purpose vehicle would be a joint venture of NHAI and JNPT.

In the case of Chennai, the connectivi­ty would be via railways, road, port, and airport. The project would be executed by the Chennai Port Trust, Tamil Nadu government and NHAI.

However, in the case of Bengaluru, the facility would initially only be connected via road and rail, and the project would be undertaken by NHAI and Karnataka State Industrial & Infrastruc­ture Developmen­t Corporatio­n.

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Gati Shakti is also emblematic of the government’s focus on infrastruc­ture creation to accelerate economic growth

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