Railways Form Gati Shakti Directorate To Expedite Infrastructure Projects

by Arun Kumar Das - May 18, 2022 11:47 AM +05:30 IST
Railways Form Gati Shakti Directorate To Expedite Infrastructure ProjectsIndian Railways
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  • The aim of the PM Gati Shakti scheme is to reduce the logistic cost in India, which is on a higher side as compared to other countries.

    With the creation of a new Gati Shakti directorate, the number of such directorates has now increased to 25.

In order to implement PM Gati Shakti initiative in a focused manner, the Railways has created a separate directorate at the Railway Board with its branches at Khurda, Bilaspur, Delhi and Bengaluru divisions to expedite the ambitious scheme.

With the creation of a new Gati Shakti directorate, the number of such directorates has now increased to 25.

The aim of the PM Gati Shakti scheme is to reduce the logistic cost in India, which is on a higher side as compared to other countries.

The scheme envisages multi-modal connectivity with close coordination of various ministries, including the Railways, Waterways and Roadways, together for integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infrastructure connectivity projects.

The directorate will be responsible for planning and prioritising projects related to the Gati Shakti Scheme, examining and conducting surveys and project reports.

Launched last year, the aim is to provide integrated and seamless connectivity for the movement of people, goods and services from one mode of transport to another. While it will facilitate last-mile connectivity, it would also reduce travel time for people and reduce the transportation cost of the goods, according to the Railways.

The new directorate, headed by an additional-member rank official, will comprise six executive directors of different departments like traffic, civil, electrical, signalling and telecom, finance, and security. There will also be a director-rank economic advisor from the Indian Economic Service, the sources said.

More such Gati Shakti units will also be formed at the division level with Divisional Railway Managers heading the units, sources said.

Also Read: Why Indian Railways Is Going To Miss Asset Monetisation Target Yet Again This Year

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com.


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