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PM Modi holds discussion to speed up Rs 60,000 crore worth big ticket projects in 14 states after arriving from Tokyo

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The Prime Minister said that the agencies working in the infrastructure sector, such as roads and railways, should map their projects with the water bodies being developed under Amrit Sarovar (File image courtesy: PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi after returning from Tokyo today, chaired a meeting of the 40th edition of PRAGATI (Pro-active Governance and Timely Implementation), the ICT multi-modal platform involving the Centre and State governments.

According to an official statement issued after the meeting, nine agenda items were taken for review including eight projects and one Programme.

Among the eight projects, two projects each were from the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas along with one project each from the Ministry of Power and Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. 

These eight projects have a cumulative cost of over Rs. 59,900 crore, concerning the 14 states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Jharkhand.

The Prime Minister said that the agencies working in the infrastructure sector, such as roads and railways, should map their projects with the water bodies being developed under Amrit Sarovar. This would be a win-win situation as the material dug out for the Amrit Sarovars can be utilised for civil works by the agencies.

During the interaction, the Prime Minister also reviewed the ‘National Broadband Mission’ Programme. States and Agencies were asked to leverage the centralised Gati Shakti Sanchar Portal to ensure timely disposal of Right of Way (RoW) applications. This would expedite the implementation of the Mission. Parallely, they should work to use technology for enhancing ‘ease of living’ of the common man.

Prime Minister Modi further said that States may also formulate State level GatiShakti Master Plan on the lines of PM GatiShakti National Master Plan and constitute state level units for this purpose. This can go a long way in better planning, identifying and addressing key issues and ensuring better coordination for timely execution of projects.

Up to the 39 editions of PRAGATI meetings, 311 projects having a total cost of 14.82 lakh crore have been reviewed.

The Prime Minister on his arrival early morning  after participating in the Quad Leaders' Summit as in Japan, also immediately held a Cabinet meeting.

Senior Cabinet ministers including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, S Jaishankar, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Kiren Rijiju, Anurag Thakur, and Smriti Irani among others were present in the meeting.
PM Modi arrived at the Air Force Station, Palam after participating in the Quad Leaders' Summit as part of his two-day tour to Japan.

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