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Gati Shakti could bring transparency in the implementation of infrastructure projects, experts say


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a Rs 100 lakh crore national master plan for multimodal connectivity that aims to develop infrastructure to reduce logistics costs and boost the economy. “Gati Shakti aims to reduce logistics costs, increase cargo handling capacity and reduce turnaround times,” Modi said at a meeting to kick off the plan.

The plan aims to give more power and speed to projects by connecting all relevant departments on a single platform, he said, adding that the infrastructure projects of various ministries and state governments will be designed and executed with a common vision.

Development, he said, is not possible without good infrastructure and the government has now decided to develop it holistically. Gati Shakti joins different departments for the coordinated development of projects ranging from road to railways, aviation to agriculture, the prime minister said.

In an interview with CNBC-TV18’s Latha Venkatesh, SC Garg, the former secretary of economic affairs said that Gati Shakti should bring more efficiency to the implementation of infrastructure projects.

“Gati Shakti’s master plan and portal set up a more integrated and shared type of platform, as well as the use of a lot of IT in data sharing and others should bring only one little more efficiency in the implementation of infrastructure projects. “

Rajnish Kumar, chairman of the board of directors of BharatPe, said the mission could be a big step towards accelerating the execution of infrastructure projects.

“If this portal helps in solving cross-ministerial issues and at the planning stage itself if it can be decided what kind of approvals will be required from different ministries, then it can change the execution part. So that would be a big step towards speeding up to execution. “

According to Cyril Shroff, Managing Partner of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Gati Shakti is a big step towards better public governance.

“A lot of projects are delayed and the economy is collapsing because of the delay in results. It kind of brings a private sector management perspective and methodology to public governance. So I see it as a variety of the administrative reform itself brought about by the use of technology. Also, the transparency that this could provide on exactly where the file is or what the problem is makes a very big difference. So I think this is a big step towards better public governance. “

Aruna Sharma, former Secretary of Steel and IT, said: “The habit of working in silos has created enough problems. So what’s more important is having a holistic approach and this platform will bring out who needs to do what and when. in the event that there is a role of the state government or municipal body, which will also be reported there. It’s just a small step to make sure that at least in the logistical issues, you are able to have a complete picture of what you are doing. However, the secretary of DPIIT will have to be a real person working for the conversion of all of this or it will just remain as a statistical platform. “

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(Edited by : Aditi Gautam)