Guwahati: The Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas is organising the North East Zonal Conference on PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity here on Monday.

The conference is being organised on the action plans and projects of North East Zone, involving Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim and West Bengal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the webinar on the occasion while Union minister of petroleum and natural gas Hardeep S. Puri, minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Rameswar Teli, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and ministers of the participating states will address the conference.

“The conference will help various ministries/departments of the government in understanding the technological solutions and spatial planning tools designed by the Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics for efficient implementation and timely clearances of the Projects,” an official statement said.

“Optimal synchronisation and planning of the projects will enable completion of the projects in time, resulting in higher economic growth and job creation. The digital initiative will play a big role in ensuring timely clearance, flagging potential issues as well as in project monitoring,” it said.

Central infrastructure/user ministries, representatives from industry and infrastructure organisations are also participating in the zonal conference and workshop for showcasing their projects/action plans for last-mile connectivity.

It may be recalled that the Prime Minister had launched the GatiShakti National Master Plan on October 13, 2021 for holistic development of infrastructure projects for multi-modal connectivity.

The central government has developed a comprehensive plan to integrate all the existing and proposed development initiatives by way of the National Master Plan.

The Master Plan will provide an integrated platform where all the economic zones and their multimodal connectivity infrastructure have been depicted.

“In order to create a robust monitoring mechanism for the development and implementation of the National Master Plan, an Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGoS) has been constituted to review, consider and approve any changes in the Master Plan to meet any emerging requirements as per the laid down norms/ framework,” the statement said.

Further, an Integrated Multimodal Network Planning Group (NPG) has been constituted with representation from various connectivity infrastructure ministries/departments  for examining all the interventions proposed to be taken by various ministries and delineate all projects where synchronisation of efforts are required and propose any changes in the Master Plan for consideration and approval of the EGoS.

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