The PM Gatishakti platform has 1,450 layers of data to support integrated multi-modal logistics planning: Govt

The Central Government PM Gatishakti National Master Plan (NMP) platform has more than 1,450 layers of data mapped by different ministries and departments of central and state governments for integrated planning for multimodal logistics and to support data-based decision-making, a high-level union trade said a ministry official.

PM Gatishakti NMP is a GIS-enabled platform that integrates the infrastructure data layers of roads, railways, ports, inland waterways, telecom lines, power lines, etc. into a single portal.

While 585 data layers were uploaded from 36 central ministries and departments, 872 data layers were uploaded from the state agencies. Over 70 planning and decision-making aids have been developed for the NMP and SMP (Government Master Plan), said Sumita Dawra, special secretary of the Department of Industry and Domestic Trade Promotion (DPIIT).

The use of NMP in central ministries is widespread and well established, she claimed. Construction of a new broad gauge line between Anand Nagar Ghughuli via Maharajganj in Uttar Pradesh as a shorter route for some trains, a new broad gauge line between Junagarh and Nabarangpur in Odisha as an alternative route for transporting coal from ports to various steel mills and the development of a planning tool to identify alternatives Routes for power transmission lines, avoiding coal mines, etc. were some of the examples given.

Dawra updated the media on the progress of the NMP implementation, saying that the institutions, which include the Empowered Group of Secretary, the Network Planning Group (NPG) and the Technical Support Unit, both at the center level and at the level of the states have been set up. At central government level, 46 NPG meetings have been held and 76 key infrastructure projects relating to railways, road and motorways, shipping, industrial corridors, housing, urban affairs, etc. worth £5.14 billion have been assessed, she said.

The official also pointed out that the NMP has been used to identify 156 infrastructure gaps related to first and last mile connectivity issues in coal, steel, fertilizer, ports, food and public distribution, etc. by various departments. “An amount of ₹75,000 crore (including ₹15,000 from private sources) for 100 critical transport infrastructure projects identified for first and last mile connectivity has been allocated in the 2023-24 Union budget,” Dawra said.

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