PM reviews progress of connectivity-related infrastructure sectors

05 Nov 2014


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today proposed a meeting with coastal states to discuss infrastructure, coastal security, island development and tourism in an integrated, holistic manner.

Speaking at a high-level meeting to review the progress of work towards achievement of targets in the connectivity-related infrastructure sectors such as roads, railways, shipping and civil aviation, the prime minister called for close co-ordination among various ministries and departments in the development of various connectivity related infrastructure.

The prime minister said he looked forward to a special meeting with all coastal states to discuss the sectors of infrastructure, coastal security, island development, tourism, entertainment and biodiversity in an integrated, holistic manner.

He said the `Sagarmala' project must lay stress on "port-led development", which would include various connectivity elements, including ports, international shipping, highways and rail connectivity.

The government, which recently decided to allow 100 per cent FDI in certain railway projects, has identified 20 projects in 10 sectors for FDI.

The Railways has also designed and fabricated a new wagon specifically for transport of salt, which will lead to a 40 per cent increase in the carrying capacity.

Reviewing the civil aviation sector, the prime minister said that states should be made partners in working out and maintaining the viability of new international airports proposed to be set up within their territory.

He expressed satisfaction over the beginning of work at Pakyong Airport in Sikkim. It was noted that with the beginning of the second route for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, and the thrust of Sikkim as an organic state, this airport would be able to cater to a huge demand for air services. A new civil aviation policy is under preparation, he added.

In the course of the meeting, the prime minister repeatedly emphasised the need for faster inter-ministerial coordination and resolution of issues, and laid stress on achieving visible results in clear timeframes.

The prime minister also directed strict monitoring of projects, based on monthly completion targets. Emphasising that there is now no delay in decision-making at the highest level, the prime minister said it should now be possible to achieve all infrastructure targets. He urged top officials to undertake cyber-visits of all major project locations at least once a month, so that they could keep track of the progress of work on a real-time basis.

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