PM GATI SHAKTI SCHEME (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Economy)

News-CRUX-10     1st November 2023        
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Context: Two years after its launch, India recently unveiled ambitious infrastructure plans, including approximately 8,890 km of roads, 27,000 km of railway tracks, and 920 km of petroleum and natural gas pipelines, all in line with the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan.

PM Gati Shakti Scheme

  • About: It is a multi-modal connectivity plan with the goal of coordinating infrastructure project planning and execution to reduce logistics costs.
  • Establishment: October 2021
  • Aim: It is the first National Infrastructure Masterplan. The National Master Plan for Multi-modal Connectivity is essentially a digital platform to bring 16 Ministries includes Railways and Roadways and others.

o To boost economic growth (Shakti) through infrastructure building.

o To improve the productivity of industries and employment opportunities. 

o It is considered to be the government's integrated approach to developing modern railways, roadways, waterways and airways.

  • Method: It breaks the inter-ministerial silos and to integrate the planning of infrastructure projects related to road, rail, air and waterways etc.
  • Integration: It incorporates the infrastructure schemes of various Ministries and State Governments like Bharatmala, Sagarmala, inland waterways, dry/land ports, UDAN etc.
  • Pillars of PM Gati Shakti: Comprehensiveness, Prioritization, Optimization, Synchronization, Analytical, Dynamic.

Gati Shakti Master Plan

  • Launch: On India’s 75th Independence Day
  • About: It is a digital platform — will bring 16 Ministries including Railways and Roadways together for integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infrastructure connectivity projects.