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PM Gati Shakti Master Plan earmarks 22 grand greenfield expressways, bridges and tunnels for seamless connectivity

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is working hard to realise PM Modi's vision of providing seamless connectivity across India (Image courtesy: MoRTH)

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) plans to develop 22 Greenfield Expressways, 23 key infrastructure projects, 35 Multi-Modal Logistics Parks (MMLPs) and other highways as part of the Prime Minister Gati Shakti National Master Plan.  

The ministry said today that it has made significant progress under the National Master Plan (NMP) aimed at improving multi-modal and last mile connectivity across the country.

Gati Shakti digital platform brings 16 ministries, including railways and roadways, together for integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infrastructure connectivity projects for industrial clusters and economic nodes.

Some of the major expressways and corridors being developed as part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana and other schemes include Delhi–Mumbai Expressway, Ahmedabad-Dholera Expressway, Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, Bengaluru-Chennai Expressway, Ambala-Kotputli Expressway, Amritsar-Bhatinda-Jamnagar Expressway, Raipur-VZG Expressway, Hyderabad-VZG Expressway, UER II, Chennai-Salem Expressway and Chittor-Thatchur Expressway.

The major key infrastructure projects under construction stage include construction of Zojila Tunnel (Ladakh), roads to connect Krishnapatnam Port (Andhra Pradesh), a major bridge over Middle Strait Creek (Andaman & Nicobar Islands), 2-laning of Lalpul-Manmao changing road (Arunachal Pradesh), 6-lane bridge over Ganga bridge at Phaphamau (UP) and 4-lane bridge over Brahmaputra between Dhubri-Phulbari (Meghalaya). 

The ministry said on Tuesday that, through its implementing agencies NHAI/NHLML and NHIDCL, it has kept pace with the work of implementing the 35 MMLP projects identified for development under the Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I.

The MMLP at Jogighopa, Assam, which is being developed in partnership with the Assam government as equity stakeholder in the project SPV, is already under construction. Bids for three MMLPs – MMLP Nagpur being developed in partnership with JNPT at Sindi Village; MMLP Chennai being developed at Mappedu in partnership with Chennai Port Trust and Tamil Nadu Government; and, MMLP Bengaluru being developed in partnership with Karnataka government – have also been invited.

The ambitious programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October 2021 is intended to break departmental silos and bring in more holistic and integrated planning and execution of projects, which will help in bringing down the logistics cost and translate into enormous economic gains to consumers, farmers, youth as well as those engaged in businesses.

The ministry said today that it is taking further steps to intensify the efforts to realise the PM's vision of providing seamless connectivity across India so that it becomes a $5 trillion economy by 2025.

 

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