PM GatiShakti: MoRTH mulls Rs 45000 cr road projects in Maha, Gujarat, Bihar, UP
The total number of projects assessed by NPG has reached to 112 with a total value of about Rs 11.53 lakh crore.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had presented Rs 45000 crore worth of greenfield road projects to the National Planning Group under the PM GatiShakti mission for assessment.
Along with MoRTH, the Ministry or Railways had also submitted Rs 6700 crore worth projects for assessment during the 56th National Planning Group meeting chaired by Special Secretary, Logistics, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Sumita Dawra.
“In the 56th Network Planning Group meeting under PM GatiShakti six project proposals, including four projects of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and two projects of Ministry of Railways (MoR) with the total project cost of about Rs 52,000 crore were assessed,” an official statement stated.
This takes the total number of projects assessed by NPG to 112 with a total value of about Rs 11.53 lakh crore, since the launch of PM GatiShakti approach, it added.
Out of the four projects presented by MoRTH, the first project proposal is a greenfield road in Gujarat and Maharashtra, that will benefit not only industrial belts in Navsari, Nashik, Ahmednagar districts but also the agriculture sector in the region.
“The project is expected to contribute to overall socio-economic development of tribal districts like Navsari, Valsad and Nashik by providing easy and convenient connectivity. It will also benefit the tourism sector in the region and will also connect aspirational districts, such as Osmanabad,” it said.
The second road project, also located in Gujarat, through Banaskantha, Patan, Mahesana, Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad District. It will connect Amritsar-Jamnagar economic corridor with Ahmedabad and Vadodara and will integrate with other modes of transportation, thereby contributing to the promotion and usage of multi-modality in the region.
The third road project proposed is located in Bihar and involves construction of 4 laning of Patna- Arrah-Sasaram corridor under Bharatmala Pariyojna. “This project is expected to bring-in socio-economic development in tribal areas. The project will help in improving logistics efficiency by reducing existing route and travel time, and provide seamless connectivity for the traffic coming from UP through Purvanchal Expressway and going towards Jharkhand and Patna. It will also integrate the waterways in the region,” the official statement added.
The fourth road project is located in Uttar Pradesh with an objective to improve the interstate connectivity among Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
During the meeting, two railway project proposal with a total project cost of about Rs 6700 crore were also assessed. One greenfield railway line project is located in Odisha and passes through the districts of Ganjam, Nayagarh, Khandhamal, Boudh, Sambalpur and Angul districts. It will connect the industrial and mineral clusters of western Odisha with the East Coast port.
“Additionally, the industrial clusters in eastern Chhattisgarh will also get a shorter Port connectivity with the East Coast. This railway line is expected to bring overall socio-economic development in the tribal belts of Kandhamal & Boudh districts and will open up opportunities for new industrial corridors along the proposed line,” it said.
Another railway project proposal is located in Kerala and involves doubling of railway lines. “The proposed augmentation of infrastructure will improve the quality of rail movement in a highly stressed corridor of southern railway. Additionally, it will reduce travel time both for goods as well as passenger trains,” the official statement stated.
During the meeting, NPG acknowledged that these projects will benefit a number of aspirational districts and tribal districts by opening the door for industrial development.
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