Union Minister Shri Pralhad Joshi Releases ‘PM Gati Shakti- National Master Plan in Coal Sector’

New Delhi, 14 March 2024: Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary affairs Shri Pralhad Joshi released “PM Gati Shati-National Master Plan in coal sector” at a function in Ministry of Coal today. PM Gati Shati-National Master Plan aimed at offering in-depth insights into the coal sector through the geospatial layers available on the Ministry of Coal page of the PMGS-NMP portal. This significant event highlights the government’s commitment to infrastructure development and integrated planning.

In his address, Shri Pralhad Joshi emphasized the importance of the PM-Gati Shakti National Master Plan, marking a significant shift in our approach to planning and executing infrastructure projects.  He further said that The PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan, a comprehensive GIS-based platform, brings together various ministries to facilitate synchronized planning for the movement of people, goods, and services, leveraging knowledge, technology, and innovation to drive economic growth and development.

Highlighting the significance of the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan, Shri Amrit Lal Meena, Secretary, Ministry of Coal stated in his keynote address that its release will empower all stakeholders with crucial information for planning and executing activities within the coal sector, thereby enhancing the ease of doing business and ensuring timely project execution. This initiative aligns with the vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ by promoting cost efficiencies, minimizing disruptions, and fostering inclusive growth.

Shri Anandji Prasad, Advisor (Projects), Ministry of Coal in his welcome address echoed that the release of PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan with an aim to develop a smart, integrated, and sustainable coal logistics ecosystem, ensuring the availability of adequate infrastructure, optimizing logistics costs, and promoting modernization through the adoption of information and communication technology.

The PM-Gati Shakti Project, National Master Plan, is a pioneering effort aimed at fostering synchronized and holistic planning for infrastructure connectivity projects. By providing a comprehensive database of existing, ongoing, and future projects under various central and state government ministries. The project aims to enhance multimodal connectivity, spur economic growth and attract foreign investments.

The Ministry of Coal has played a leading role in integrating various layers and analytical tools on the PM-Gati Shakti portal to enhance its effectiveness. The portal encompasses crucial GIS layers such as coalfield boundaries, coal evacuation systems, location of railway sidings, and land asset data, providing stakeholders with a comprehensive understanding of the Indian coal industry.

The release of PM-Gati Shakti National Master Plan in the coal sector represents a significant step forward in the efforts to transform the coal sector and streamline infrastructure planning and execution. It underscores the Ministry of Coal’s commitment to fostering sustainable growth, enhancing global competitiveness, and creating ample employment opportunities for our nation’s citizens.

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