DoT portal integrates all states and union territories into GatiShakti Master Plan

The recently launched GatiShakti Sanchar portal of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has integrated all 36 states and UTs. DoT will soon be convening a meeting of all NPG members to further accelerate the process of integrating the portal into the National Master Plan.

Ministry of railways will soon be creating 100 cargo terminals that have easier connectivity with roads and ports, as an approach towards multimodal infrastructure. 
Senior railway ministry officials attending the Network Planning Group (NPG) meeting in New Delhi on 8 June said that detailed identification, timelines and mapping are already underway and will soon be shared with all other member ministries/departments for in-depth coordination.
Special Secretary Logistics Division of the DPIIT highlighted the role that the National Master Plan portal plays in integrating inter-ministerial planning and coordination. The NPG members were requested to maintain periodic engagement with the BISAG-N and regular project updates in the portal. Members were also advised to regularise planning and project mapping through the portal.
The NPG members were apprised of the latest guidelines from the ministry of finance, which mandates the examination of logistics and connectivity project by the Network Planning Group.
Through the Network Planning Group, all 8 infrastructure ministries/departments are taking up integrated planning, synchronised implementation and consolidated decision.  
Meanwhile, minister of state for commerce and industry Som Parkash said the PM Gati Shakti National Masterplan will help achieve India’s aim of a $5 trillion economy.
Addressing the tndustry stakeholders at the India International Logistics abd Supply Chain Conference, organised by PHDCCI, the minister said the PM Gati Shakti masterplan and its implementation will help India achieve logistic efficiency, which is an important framework to help thrive businesses in the country. 
An infrastructure master plan will make a difference through integrated approach by breaking the entrenched silos over six years, which has received Rs20,000 crore allocation in this year’s Budget. Propelled by seven engines – roads, railways, airports, ports, mass transport, waterways and logistics – PM Gati Shakti is an idea whose time has come, the minister added.
Speaking on the occasion, PHDCCI president Pradeep Multani pointed out that the Indian logistics sector is on a big growth path. According to the domestic rating agency ICRA, India's logistics sector is expected to grow at a rate 8-10 per cent over the medium term. This is an improvement over the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8 per cent at which the industry grew during the last five years. Going forward, the government’s focus is to bring down the cost of logistics from the present 14.4 per cent. The development of the logistics sector is also extremely important for the Indian economy, as it will boost exports, create jobs, and give the country a prominent position in the global supply chain, Multani added.