Gadkari calls for cooperation between central government and state governments for infrastructure development | Infrastructure development

New Delhi: Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday called for cooperation between central and state governments in the country’s infrastructure development.

He said infrastructure development will play an important role in realizing India’s vision of becoming a $5 trillion economy.

During the inauguration of a conference on “PM-Gati Shakti” for the southern zone, organized by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Gadkari said that cooperation and communication must be strengthened between the State and Center. He welcomes suggestions from States to make the program a success.

The Chief Minister of Karnataka, B.S. Bommai, in his address, underscored that now is the time for cooperation and coordination in major Indian and state government megaprojects. He urged the Center to speed up authorizations and relax rules in the financial sector to maximize investments.

Tamilisai Soundararajan, LG Puducherry, said multimodal connectivity will facilitate connectivity for the movement of people and goods. The Chief Minister of Pondicherry, N. Rangasamy spoke about the importance of the elevated corridor project to minimize traffic congestion, heliport services and airport facilities for people visiting Pondicherry.

In his remarks, Minister of State (RTH and Civil Aviation), General (Retd) VK Singh said that the aim of ‘PM-Gati Shakti’ is to boost multimodal connectivity in India .

Andhra Pradesh Minister of Industry, Commerce and IT, Mr Goutham Reddy, said his state, with the second largest coastal corridor in the country, can help realize the vision of to become a major economy.

Speaking on Prime Minister-Gati Shakti, he said that the cost of logistics in India was still 14% of GDP compared to a global average of 8% and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was committed to reducing this cost. He said the program will help achieve this goal.

PA Mohammed Riyas, Department of Works and Minister of Tourism, Kerala, said that a robust and resilient infrastructure is fundamental for a country’s economic growth and PM-Gati Shakti will change its logistics landscape. He said Kerala offers a conducive landscape for the development of multimodal connectivity.

Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Industries and Commerce and Informatics of Telangana, Shri KT Rama Rao, said his state had got enough support from the Center in terms of national highways, but that he had asked for more help from the Center to improve the railway infrastructure.

The States/UTs that participated in the event were Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Maharashtra, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

The day-long event witnessed panel discussions on various aspects of the program, involving central and state officials and stakeholders. The participating States/UTs made their presentation at the conference regarding the achievements to date, the action plan for the implementation and improvement of logistics and infrastructure development in the respective States/UTs.


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