Union minister for shipping, ports and waterways and AYUSH – Sarbananda Sonowal has pitched for Centre’s ambitious PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan.  

Speaking to the media at Dibrugarh in Assam on Saturday, Sonowal highlighted the salient features of this plan and explained how it is expected to give impetus to 21st century India.  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched a massive Rs 100 trillion infrastructure initiative, which is dubbed as the country’s roadmap for next 25 years.  

Sonowal, while explaining the ‘brilliance’ of this major initiative, said that the project is aimed at bringing seamlessness and coordination among 16 ministries and departments for apt planning and smooth execution of the infrastructure projects. 

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Major central ministries like the railways, roads and highways, petroleum and gas, power, telecom, shipping and aviation will be part of this project.  

Speaking further about the project, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “There has always been a gap between macro planning and micro execution. Due to bureaucratic entanglements and inter-ministerial silos, the work used to get held up costing the exchequer huge cost.” 

“In order to address this problem, the plan envisions a digital portal with all existing and planned infrastructure projects of the ministries and departments included in the project,” Sonowal added. 

He further informed, “It further aims to create multimodal connectivity which will reduce cost. With holistic planning and execution, there is going to be swift execution and savings on time and money. With the transparency of progress, it will be now easier to prioritise projects through cross sectoral interactions.” 

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com