Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti

The Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti is a National Infrastructure Master Plan. It aims to boost the infrastructure of the country. It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 75th independence-day celebrations, that is, on August 15, 2021. It is to be implemented by the Commerce Ministry.

Focus of the project

The Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti scheme will help the local manufacturers compete with their counterparts worldwide. The main aim of the scheme is to make a foundation for holistic infrastructure.

Objectives

The main five objectives of Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti are as follows

  • To create employment
  • To increase industrial productivity
  • To help the local manufacturers compete globally
  • To provide interconnectivity, that is, to reduce the travel time between rail, air, road and waterways.
  • To facilitate the current and future economic zones of the country

Outcomes

The project was launched to create an integrated framework for infrastructural development. It will help the economic hubs to utilise the investments done by government and private players in a better way.

Budget

The Government of India has allocated 100 lakh rupees to the scheme.

What is the Plan?

The main objective of the project is to improve efficiency by optimising the infrastructure. This is to be achieved by reducing the logistics cost.

Background

The current (in 2021) global average supply chain and logistics cost is around 8%. It is 14% in India. This makes Indian products expensive and less competitive in the global markets.

Identified Industrial Clusters of the scheme

The Government of India has identified the following industrial clusters under the scheme

  • 90 Textile clusters
  • 2 Defence Corridors
  • 202 Fishing Clusters
  • 197 Food Processing parks and agro clusters
  • 109 pharma and medical device clusters

Projects

The plan will include projects under the schemes such as UDAN, SAGARMALA, Bharatmala, expansion of inland waterways, Bharat Net, etc. It will also include expansion of harbours, food processing parks, fishing clusters, textile parks, etc.

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