All logistics and connectivity infrastructure projects, which entail an investment of more than Rs 500 crore, would now be led by the Network Planning Group (NPG) established under the PM GatiShakti initiative, with the Ministry of Finance providing the necessary instructions and the national master plan creates digital platform, said an official.
According to a Department of Expenditure office note dated April 28, a revised format has been issued for Public Investment Board (PIB) or Delegated Investment Board (DIB) project proposals.
“The revised format of the PIB/DIB Memorandum… will apply to all PIB or DIB proposals for new projects submitted on or after April 28, 2022,” it said.
Under the revised format, proposals must include whether the project has components of logistics or infrastructure connectivity; and whether it has been examined by NPG for convergence and integration at the conceptualization or feasibility study stage.
The PM GatiShakti plan was announced last year with the aim of breaking through departmental silos and introducing more holistic and integrated project planning and execution to address the issues of multimodal and last-mile connectivity.
This will help reduce logistics costs and promote effective and efficient planning of infrastructure projects.
An Integrated Infrastructure Network Planning Group (NPG) has been established with representations from different Ministries/Departments for Connectivity Infrastructure, involving their Network Planning Department heads for unified planning and integration of the proposals.
“We have created the national digital platform for the master plan. We have provided training to those involved and now we have this mandatory provision from the Ministry of Finance. So now all logistics and connectivity projects will be approved according to PM GatiShakti principles. All those projects, costing more than Rs 500 crore, will be considered by NPG,” the official said.
The Department for the Promotion of Industry. and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has also conducted several training sessions with various government departments and held regional conferences in all states. The Technical Support Unit is also present.
NPG consists of heads of the network planning wing of the respective ministries of infrastructure and will assist the Delegated Group of Secretaries (EGOS), which is headed by the Cabinet Secretary. EGOS consists of secretaries from 18 ministries as members and the Head of the Logistics Division, under the DPIIT, as member convenor.
All departments will first approach the NPG for approval before making a DPR (Detailed Project Reports) at the planning stage, the official said, adding that after the approval of the NPG, the project will follow the normal procedure of approval by the Ministry of Finance and the Cabinet. would follow depending on the projects.
For example, if the railway is planning a project on a specified route, and by posting the relevant information on PM GatiShakti’s national master plan portal before the DPR is completed, it can see whether the proposed track will pass through public land or private property or forest or canal or highways.
There are more than 600 data layers on the portal.