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Use PM GatiShakti portal for planning of infrastructure projects, PM Modi advises Central ministries and states, Infra News, ET Infra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (file photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the meeting of 41st edition of PRAGATI, the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving Centre and state governments, on Wednesday.

Nine key infrastructure projects were reviewed in the meeting. They include three projects from the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, two from the Ministry of Railways and one project each from Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

These nine projects have a cumulative cost of over Rs 41,500 crore and relate to 13 states namely Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Arunachal Pradesh. Mission Amrit Sarovar was also reviewed in the meeting, according to a PMO release.

The PM advised the ministries and state governments to use the PM GatiShakti portal for planning of infrastructure projects. Calling for expeditious resolution of land acquisition, utility shifting and other issues for timely completion of projects, Modi emphasised on ensuring proper coordination between central government ministries and state governments.

The Prime Minister also reviewed ‘Mission Amrit Sarovar’ in a real time view of Amrit Sarovar sites through drones in Kishanganj, Bihar and Botad, Gujarat. He advised all ministries and state governments to complete Amrit Sarovar work in mission mode before the onset of monsoon. He suggested block level monitoring for timely completion of the target of 50,000 Amrit Sarovars under the scheme.

The PMO said the unique idea of ‘Mission Amrit Sarovar’ is working to rejuvenate water bodies all across the country, which will help conserve water for the future. Once the mission is completed, the expected increase in water holding capacity is going to be around 50 crore cu.m, the estimated carbon sequestration will be about 32,000 ton per year and expected increase in ground water recharge is over 22 million cubic metre. Further, the completed Amrit Sarovers are evolving as centers of community activity and participation, thus enhancing the spirit of Jan Bhagidari. Many social activities like Swachchata Rally, Jal Shapath on water conservation, school children’s activities like rangoli competition, celebration of religious festivals like Chatth Puja are being organised on the Amrit Sarovars sites.

A total of 328 projects having a cumulative cost Rs 15.82 lakh crore have been reviewed in PRAGATI meetings so far, it added.

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