The PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan (PMGS-NMP) is a transformative initiative launched by the Government of India in 2021. It aims to provide multi-modal connectivity infrastructure to various economic zones, enhancing infrastructure development and boosting economic growth. The plan is designed to ensure the completion of projects in a time-bound manner. It uses an integrated digital tool to streamline infrastructure-planning processes. The plan is initially being offered to neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. The PMGS-NMP brings about data-driven decision making, aids in project planning, and selects the optimum route for goods transportation. It also coordinates department activities and saves time on projects. The plan is expected to provide seamless connectivity for the movement of people, goods, and services, reduce travel time, and improve connectivity to make Indian businesses more competitive. However, it faces challenges such as a lack of coordination between different departments, a time-consuming approval process, and multiplicity of regulatory clearances. The way forward includes increasing coordination and addressing these issues.
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