The government has identified infrastructure projects worth Rs 4.53 trillion to improve urban connections and promote manufacturing will now be implemented under the PM Gati Shakti masterplan.

The Network Planning Group (NPG) has identified Road, Rapid Train, Metro, and Railway projects, Petroleum Pipelines, critical infrastructure initiatives that must be completed as soon as possible.

The move follows the Centre’s announcement in the Budget 2023 of a Rs 10 trillion capex plan for FY24.

The NPG’s support includes leaders of the planning divisions of eight ministries and departments. It is projected to result in faster project approvals and implementation.

Infrastructure that is multi-modal or inter-modal, along with last-mile connectivity, should be addressed. Once mapped on the National Master Plan (NMP), it will also provide the answer in terms of project alignment.

The infrastructure gaps have been identified under NMP in response to suggestions from ministries of industries such as steel, etc. In all there are 63 projects, with Pune-Bengaluru Expressway being the most capital-intensive, worth 49,241 crore.

The 107 km Delhi-Gurgaon-SNB (Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behrod) Regional Rapid Transit System corridor, a part of the Delhi-Alwar RRTS line, is the second most valuable worth 37,987 crore.

The development of trunk infrastructure components for Dighi Port Industrial Area, a part of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, is the most expensive project approved by the National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, at a cost of Rs 5,410.04 crore.

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