Chairing the 41st edition of PRAGATI-the multi-modal platform that tracks implementation of key projects-Modi underlined the need to use the Gati Shakti platform to ensure timely implementation as well as assess reasons for delays in projects.
The PM is learnt to have cited the Lalitpur-Singrauli railway line project pending for the last 25 years as a test case, which needs to be studied to ensure no such mistakes are repeated.
He also emphasised on the need to look at power projects holistically and not just in terms of installed capacity.
Nine key infrastructure projects worth Rs 41,500 crore-three involving national highways, two from the ministry of railways and one project each was from the ministry of power, ministry of coal, ministry of petroleum & natural gas and ministry of health & family welfare-were reviewed at the meet.
The projects are spread across 13 states-Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Arunachal Pradesh.
Going state by state, he is learnt to have remarked to Jharkhand chief secretary on when pending rail and power projects would be completed in the state. The PM noticed that the Punjab chief secretary could not make it to the meeting and hoped everyone will take adequate interest in pending projects. He is also learnt to have asked the Assam chief secretary to ensure that the Guwahati AIIMS project does not come for any further reviews.The PM undertook a real-time review of ‘Mission Amrit Sarovar’ sites through drones in Kishanganj in Bihar and Botad in Gujarat, and underlined the need for block-level monitoring of all projects under the scheme.