Launching the GIS-based initiative that brings together 16 central infrastructure-related departments on the same platform, the prime minister said the previous approach to development, marred by wasteful spending, amounted to an “insult” to taxpayers’ money. . “There was an opinion that nothing will change, things will just be like this,” he said.
He attacked the opposition and critics, saying some sections have made it a fad to criticize the infrastructure that the country should be proud of, a possible reference to criticism of projects such as the Central Vista Redevelopment by a section of political opinion and commentators. Better planning can crucially reduce logistics costs and make Indian companies more competitive. He urged states to join the initiative and said that private companies will also benefit from the new system.
Detailing various measures taken by his government since 2014, Modi said that the breakthrough in the expansion of fiber optic networks, the doubling and electrification of railways, the increase in the number of food parks, ambitious plans to reduce the response time in ports and make India a great MRO hub for aviation spoke for themselves.
Explaining the change in mindset and processes that Gati Shakti involves, the prime minister said the goal of a technology-based platform that provides detailed ground-level information was to ensure the elimination of duplication and incomplete planning and execution. The common scenario of the emergence of industrial parks can be avoided without adequate attention to connectivity or lack of coordination of roads and rail lines. “Each department plans for itself. They need to think collectively, ”he said.
Fixing something that went wrong takes a lot of effort, and the gap between macro planning and micro-execution is huge, Modi said. The “khich-khich” (friction) between government departments often slowed down projects and created avoidable delays. The Center and the states will be able to offer terms to investors with greater certainty and generate more jobs everywhere, he said.