India is actively implementing its PM GatiShakti National Master Plan, which was launched two years ago and has since spurred plans for the development of approximately 8,890 km of roads, 27,000 km of railway tracks, and 920 km of petroleum and natural gas pipelines. Notably, this innovative platform has significantly slashed the time required by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to prepare detailed project reports (DPRs), streamlining the process to just 15 days compared to the previous six-month timeframe.
Sumita Dawra, Special Secretary for Logistics at the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), highlighted the broad adoption of PM GatiShakti by central ministries and all states and Union Territories, underscoring its tangible advantages in infrastructure development. Furthermore, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry’s Electronic Detailed Report Survey (e-DRS) tool is now generating digital DRS reports within 24 hours, marking a substantial improvement from the previous six to nine months needed for manual reports without PM GatiShakti’s assistance.
Dawra emphasised that PM GatiShakti is evolving into a pivotal tool for national economic and social planning, with the potential to extend its impact as a global planning tool.