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Two-day regional workshop on PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan begins in Srinagar

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Several initiatives underway using PM Gati Shakti in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar: A two-day regional workshop on PM GatiShakti National Master Plan (NMP), being organized by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) commenced today at SKICC in Srinagar. 

The objective of the workshop is to improve logistics efficiency by enhancing connectivity to economic zones and industrial clusters, as well as to enhance public welfare through improved access to social infrastructure.

The workshop was chaired by Special Secretary, DPIIT Smt Sumita Dawra and participants from eight states and Union Territories of the Northern Region are taking part in it.

PM GatiShakti is a transformative approach that was launched on October 13th, 2021 for building Next Generation Infrastructure which improves Ease of Living as well as Ease of Doing Business.

The inaugural day of the workshop featured discussions with infrastructure, economic, and social sector ministries and departments at the center and state levels. A demonstration of the adoption of PM Gati Shakti with a holistic approach and a demonstration of best practices by states and UTs also featured in the workshop. 

Deliberations about the Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP) to showcase the different components of logistics and a presentation by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Incomes (CBIC) on possibilities to develop Inland Container Depots (ICDs) and Container Freight Stations (CFS) in Jammu and Kashmir to boost exports across the country were the main highlights of the first day of the programme.

Addressing the media at the end of the day-long proceedings, Dawra said that today we are at the crossroads of unprecedented growth in India, advancing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make India a developed Nation by 2047. She added that we are witnessing a strong growth in India across the social as well as the economic pillars of our nation which is surpassing its own record every year. To achieve our aim to become a USD 32.8 trillion economy by 2047, the development of world-class modern infrastructure is paramount, she further said.

Dawra said that through today’s workshops, Northern States/UTs showcased the good work already done such as all-weather road connectivity in J&K, planning of ICD at Samba, planning for MMLPs, Cold Storage facilities, 64 Pharma units in Kathua, using PM GatiShakti National Master Plan.

She added that through this workshop, it is expected that all have got an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices, and in the spirit of cooperative federalism we will improve outreach and facilitate project planning and monitoring on the NMP/SMP platform. There is great scope to augment the pace of adoption at State, district, and gram panchayat levels. Additionally, 14 social sector Ministries/Depts. have already been onboarded onto the NMP platform and are in advanced stages of integration, she further said.

Dawra said that after the launch of PM GatiShakti National Master Plan, concerned Ministries, and all States/UTs have been onboarded on mission mode. “Institutional frameworks have been set up, GIS-based individual portals and customized decision-making tools have been developed, in-house capacities to adopt PM GatiShakti principles in project planning and implementation exist, and data-based National Master Plan is being extensively used for project planning and implementation,” she added.

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