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PM Gati Shakti may benefit 109 pharma and medical devices clusters across the country, says Centre

Our Bureau, New Delhi
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 17:10 Hrs  [IST]

The PM Gati Shakti, the Rs. 100 lakh crore National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, is expected to benefit 109 pharma and medical devices clusters, apart from other industries.

“The National Infrastructure Master Plan targets 109 pharma and medical device clusters and 90 textiles clusters and mega textiles parks by 2024-25,” said government officials.

The Master Plan is expected to reduce the logistic costs, cut turnaround time and improve the cargo handling capacity by reducing the clutter in the system and improving the infrastructure.

The Prime Minister 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, he said. 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.

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.

In the 5 years before 2014, only 1,900 km of railway lines underwent doubling. In the last 7 years, more than 9 thousand kilometres of railway lines have been doubled. In the 5 years before 2014, only 3,000 km of railways were electrified. In the last 7 years, more than 24,000 kilometres of railway tracks have been electrified, Shri Modi informed. The Prime Minister said before 2014, the metro rail was running on only about 250 km of track. Today the metro 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 could be connected with optical fibre. In the last 7 years, we have connected more than 1.5 lakh gram panchayats with optical fibre.

There were just 5 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.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that with the development of quality infrastructure, India can realize the dream of becoming the business capital of India. He said our goals are extraordinary and will 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.


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