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PM-Gati Shakti Master Plan to be future of Developmental Planning: Langer

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JAMMU: The Secretary Planning Development and Monitoring Department (PD&MD) Dr Raghav Langer on Wednesday convened a meeting to review the progress on implementation of PM GatiShakti Master Plan in the J&K UT.

The Agenda included development of UT Master Plan, layering of data on PM GatiShakti Portal, framing of Logistic Policy, Preparation of Specific Action Plans by Administrative Departments for the years 2022-23 to 2024-25.

In the meeting, Langer, who also is the Chairperson of Network Planning Group (NPG) in J&K under PM Gatishakti held detailed discussions on the subject with the members of NPG consisting of special and additional secretaries of 13 departments along with the nodal officers and technical staff who had recently attended the training at BISAG-N Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Secretary, PD&MD emphasized the importance of Gati-Shakti Master Plan and its importance in future developmental Planning for Multi-modal Connectivity, a common digital platform to bring all Ministries, Departments and other Government agencies nationwide together for integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infrastructure connectivity projects.

The multi-modal connectivity will provide integrated and seamless connectivity for movement of people, goods and services from one mode of transport to another.

PM GatiShakti will incorporate the infrastructure schemes of various Ministries and State Governments like Bharatmala, Sagarmala, inland waterways, dry/land ports and UDAN.

“Economic Zones like textile clusters, pharmaceutical clusters, defense corridors, electronic parks, industrial corridors, fishing clusters, agri-zones will be covered to improve connectivity & make Indian businesses more competitive,” the official spokesperson said, adding that it shall leverage technology extensively including spatial planning tools with ISRO and imagery developed by BISAG-N.

Secretary PD&MD directed all the participants to get the desired information prepared in excel files & KML and shape files and get it forwarded to the Nodal Officer BISAG-N, Ahmedabad, after due approval and authentication, for its uploading on the J&K PM Gatishakti Master Plan.

A special team is being constituted with members from Directorate of Environment and Remote Sensing, J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency, Industries Department and IT department, having expertise in the field for getting the data layers updated on master plan in coordination with concerned Nodal Officers of the various departments.

Director Industries and Commerce Jammu and Kashmir were directed by the Secretary to identify high impact projects in coordination with line departments for seeking approval of GoI for incorporating in the Master Plan viz, Logistic hubs, development corridors, special economic zones, IT parks and satellite townships.

Notably, GAD has already constituted three tier committees for the implementation of PM-GatiShakti Master Plan in the UT with Chief Secretary J&K heading the Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGoS); Network Planning Group (NPG) headed by Administrative Secretary Planning Development & Monitoring Department and Technical Support Units (TSU) headed by Director Industries & Commerce at the Divisional level.

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