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First PM GatiShakti NMP Regional Workshop for Central & Western Zone to be held in Goa today

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MUMBAI : The first PM GatiShakti National Master Plan (NMP) Regional Workshop for Central and Western Zone is being organized under the chairmanship of Special Secretary, Logistics Division, DPIIT, on Monday, 20th February 2023 in Goa. 

A curtain raiser Press Conference on the first Regional PM Gati Shakti Workshop for Central and Western Zone was held on Sunday, in Panaji. The Press Conference was addressed by Special Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry,  Sumita Dawra. The regional workshop aims build synergy among the different stakeholders resulting in mutual learning among the States and Central Ministries/Departments.

Addressing the media, Special Secretary Sumita Dawra described the PM GatiShakti platform is a transformative approach that enables integrated planning and synchronised implementation for multimodal and last mile connectivity. She said the idea of this workshop is to bring together the states to learn from each other, to demonstrate what is being done at the national level and to demonstrate what many of the other states are doing in an exemplary fashion when they are planning their infrastructure. She added that the workshop aims to improve the planning of the infrastructure projects both at the national and state level on the Prime Minister’s GatiShakti approach and also improve the logistics efficiency and bring down logistics cost.

The workshop will witness more than 100 participants from Central Ministries/Departments like Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Ministry of Railways, Department of Telecommunications and NITI Aayog, and State Governments of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh. The workshop will feature discussions on use cases of NMP adoption by central Ministries & State Departments for planning, state logistics policies, Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP), Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS), city logistics, and the Project Monitoring Group (PMG) mechanism.

The workshop will feature discussions with infrastructure and social sector Ministries/Departments at Centre and State levels, on formulation, implementation and monitoring of logistics policies, city logistics plans for urban development and wider adoption of PM GatiShakti.

This workshop will, ensure that there is enhanced outreach & usage for planning of PM GatiShakti NMP, institute a mechanism for Quality Improvement Plan (QIP), identify gaps and develop tools for increased connectivity to economic nodes and clusters, identify common challenges and issues in adoption and implementation of PM GatiShakti NMP, and discuss a roadmap for adoption of PM GatiShakti for planning at the district level. Demonstrations of the best practices and use cases by Ministries and States would be showcased during this workshop. Further, there will be a plenary session for States to showcase the formulation, implementation and monitoring of States Logistics policy.

Such regional workshops are being organised with all States/UTs for bringing more vigor and for building synergy with all the stakeholders of the PM GatiShakti NMP. The key objectives of regional workshops include, a demonstration of State Master Plan for all the stakeholders and of use cases, presenting benefits of integrated planning, sensitising and capacity building of State officials to mainstream usage of State Master Plan for planning and implementation and monitoring of infrastructure and social sector projects. The regional workshops will also focus on strengthening institutional mechanism of State Technical Support Units (TSU) for integrated planning and regular meetings of state Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGoS), and Network Planning Group (NPG). Penetration of PM GatiShakti NMP at district level will also be a key focus during the workshops.

States /UTs have an important role to play in the development of economic zones and multimodal connectivity infrastructure. 30 essential data layers such as land records, economic zones, forests, wildlife, roads, soil types etc. have been identified and integrated into the dedicated State Master Plan and National Master Plan platform. All 36 States/UTs have also constituted a Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGoS), Network Planning Group (NPG) and Technical Support Unit (TSU) for integrated planning and synchronized project implementation.

With States/UTs now taking progressive steps for planning and implementation of projects in using PM GatiShakti NMP platform, these regional workshops across different zones will ensure wider adoption of PM GatiShakti in project planning. These workshops will bring  all stakeholders of the PM GatiShakti NMP together for extensive deliberations  and result in exchange of information between States and Central Ministries/Departments. 

About PM GatiShakti

PM GatiShakti has been a transformative approach in integrated planning and synchronised implementation for multimodal and last mile connectivity across the country since its launch on 13th October, 2021. By adopting a ‘Whole of the Government Approach’ 74% of multimodal and last mile connectivity projects approved by the Union Cabinet have either been completed or are already under implementation. Such a success has been accomplished leveraging two main pillars under the PM GatiShakti; they are pan India level Geographic Information System based planning platform called the National Master Plan developed by BISAG-N and an Institutional Mechanism comprising of all concerned infrastructure and user Ministries for integrated project planning, synchronised implementation and obviate existing silos between Ministries/Departments.

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