Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the PM Gati Shakti - National Master Plan, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on October 13, 2021.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the PM Gati Shakti - National Master Plan, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on October 13, 2021.

Modi says quality infrastructure will help India become business capital of world

New Delhi, October 13, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed the hope that, with the development of quality infrastructure, India could realise the dream of becoming the business capital of the world.

Speaking at the launch of PM Gati Shakti -- National Master Plan for Multi-Modal Connectivity -- here, he said India's goals were extraordinary and would require extraordinary efforts.

"In realizing these goals, PM Gati Shakti will be the most helpful factor. Just as JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhar, Mobile) trinity revolutionized the access of government facilities to the people , PM Gati Shakti will do the same for the field of Infrastructure," he added.

Modi also inaugurated the new exhibition complex at Pragati Maidan in the heart of the national capital on the occasion.

Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, Hardeep Singh Puri, Sarbananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ashwini Vaishnaw and R K Singh, Chief Ministers, Lieutenant Governors, State Ministers and eminent industrialists were present on the occasion.

The industry was represented by Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla; Tractors and Farm Equipments CMD Malika Srinivasan; Tata Steel CEO & MD T V Narendran, who is also the president of CII, and Rivigo co-founder Deepak Garg.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister noted today was Ashtami, the day of worshiping Shakti, and said that on this auspicious occasion, speed of nation’s progress is also getting new "Shakti". He said that with the resolve of "Aatmnirbhar Bharat" (Self-reliant India), the foundation of India for the next 25 years is being laid today.

"PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan will take the confidence of India to the pledge of aatmnirbharta. This Master Plan will give impetus (Gati Shakti) to 21st century India,” he said.

The Prime Minister stressed that the people of India, Indian industry, Indian business, Indian manufacturers and Indian farmers were at the centre of this great campaign of Gati Shakti. "It will give new energy to the present and future generations of India to build the India of the 21st century and will remove the obstacles in their path," he said.

"Over the years, the signage ‘work in progress’ became the symbol of lack of trust. Progress requires speed, eagerness and collective efforts. Today’s, 21st century India is leaving behind old systems and practices," he said.

“Today’s mantra is Work For Progress, Wealth for Progress, Plan for Progress, Preference for Progress.

"We have not only developed a work culture of completing the projects within the stipulated time frame but efforts are now being made to complete the projects ahead of time,” he added.

The Prime Minister lamented the fact that the subject of infrastructure in the country has not been a priority for most political parties.

"This is not even visible in their manifesto. Now the situation has come that some political parties have started criticizing the construction of necessary infrastructure for the country," he said. "This despite the fact that it is globally accepted that the creation of quality infrastructure for Sustainable Development is a proven way, which gives rise to many economic activities and creates employment on a large scale."

Modi said that, due to the wide gap between macro planning and micro implementation, problems of lack of coordination, lack of advance information, thinking and working in silos are leading to hampered construction and wastage of budget.

"Shakti gets divided instead of getting multiplied or enhanced. PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan will address this as working on the basis of the master plan will lead to optimum utilisation of resources," he said.

He recalled that in 2014, when he took over as Prime Minister when he reviewed hundreds of stuck projects he put all projects on a single platform and tried to remove hurdles. He expressed satisfaction that now the focus is on avoiding delays due to lack of coordination.

"Now with the whole of government approach, the collective power of the government is being channelled into fulfilling the schemes. Because of this, many unfinished projects are being completed after decades now," he said.

The Prime Minister remarked that the PM Gati Shakti Master Plan not only brings together the government process and its various stakeholders but also helps to integrate different modes of transportation. “This is an extension of holistic governance,” he said.

He detailed the steps taken to increase the speed of infrastructure development in India. "The first inter-state natural gas pipeline in India was commissioned in 1987. After this, till 2014, in 27 years, a 15,000 km long natural gas pipeline was built. Today, work is going on for a more than 16,000 km long gas pipeline across the country. This work is targeted to be completed in the next 5-6 years," he said.

Modi said that, in the five years before 2014, only 1,900 km of railway lines underwent doubling. "In the last seven years, more than 9,000 kilometres of railway lines have been doubled. In the five years before 2014, only 3,000 km of railways were electrified. In the last seven years, more than 24000 kilometres of railway tracks have been electrified," he said.

He said that, before 2014, metro trains were running on only about 250 km of track. Today the metro network has been expanded up to 700 km and work is going on in the 1000 km new metro route. In the five years before 2014, only 60 panchayats were connected with optical fibre. In the last seven years, more than 1.5 lakh gram panchayats have been connected with optical fibre.

The Prime Minister said that in order to increase the income of the farmers and fishermen of the country, the infrastructure related to processing is also being expanded rapidly. In 2014, there were only two Mega Food Parks in the country. Today 19 Mega Food Parks are functioning in the country. Now the target is to take their number to more than 40. There were just five waterways in 2014, today India has 13 functional waterways. Turnaround time of the vessels at the ports has come down to 27 hours from 41 hours in 2014. He said that the country has realised the pledge of One Nation One Grid. Today India has 4.25 lakh circuit kilometre power transmission lines compared to 3 lakh circuit kilometers in 2014.


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