Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday that PM GatiShakti’s national master plan and logistics policy together will help improve business competitiveness and attract investment in India. He said that there are layers of data in the PM GatiShakti portal where various geological, ecological and infrastructural elements have been mapped and recorded across the country.
There are currently about 1,300 layers of data, including forests, nature reserves, rivers and UNESCO World Heritage sites, he said, adding that GatiShakti not only fills critical gaps in infrastructure, but also in the planning of social infrastructure such as schools, nursing homes, hospitals.
He added that reducing logistics costs is crucial to achieving India’s goal of becoming a developed country by 2047.
“PM GatiShakti, if used well, will help reduce logistics costs enormously,” the minister said, adding that all highways, railways, ports and airports have been mapped on GatiShakti, which will help build seamless connectivity networks and a would have a positive impact on the logistics ecosystem.
On October 13 last year, the PM GatiShakti – National Master Plan was launched with the aim of developing an integrated infrastructure to reduce logistics costs.
All logistics and connectivity infrastructure projects requiring an investment of over Rs 500 crore are managed through the Network Planning Group (NPG).