‘Gati Shakti’ scheme focused for holistic infrastructure development

New Delhi, Sep 22 (Bureau) Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said the National Master Plan of ‘Gati Shakti’ scheme of more than Rs 100 lakh crore is focused for holistic and integrated infrastructure development in the country. Addressing a webinar on ‘Ease of Business for Driving Investment in Roads and Highways Sector’, he said the Gati Shakti Master Plan will provide the framework for the National Infrastructure Pipeline program and is aimed at making Indian products more competitive by cutting down the logistics costs and improving the supply chains.

Gadkari said the highways sector in India has been at the forefront of performance and innovation and the government has successfully rolled out several projects to speed up the construction of roads in the country by renewing the interest of private developers. He said the Government has been at the forefront in supporting the industry by re-aligning its policies towards creating a business-friendly and hassle-free environment. ‘We are passing through a very challenging time, both on account of the health of people and the economy of the nation due to the pandemic,’ the Minister said. However, now there seems to be positivity slowly coming all around across the globe, he said. The Minister said various initiatives and schemes of Roads and Highways Ministry speaks volumes of the hard work and commitment that has gone into such efforts. He said this prompt and positive approach of the Government in the recent past has led to an increase in speedy implementation of Government projects.