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Ever since Narendra Modi embarked on his journey as India’s Prime Minister in 2014 to create a self-sufficient nation where all sections of society have access to basic amenities, the speed and scale of development has become the hallmark of a new emerging India. Having greatly succeeded in instilling a culture of efficiency, transparency and faster and smoother delivery of last mile services, this government wanted to scale much higher heights with better coordination and synergy between different union ministries and state governments “sabka sath, sabka vikas” and the vision of turning India into a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25.

In 2021, the Prime Minister launched the “PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan”. The infrastructure sector should be given more “Shakti” to build a new India. “With the determination of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, the foundations of India will be laid for the next 25 years……We have not only developed a working culture to complete the projects on time, but we also strive to complete the projects early,” the Prime Minister had said . It also showed India’s determination to make rapid progress after navigating the difficult times of the pandemic’s geopolitical crisis, which disrupted all development activities in the country.

Conceived by the Prime Minister, this master plan aims to transform India into a developed nation over the next 25 years. It is essentially a digital platform bringing together 16 Union Ministries, including the Department of Road Transport and Motorways, to enable integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infrastructure connectivity projects for comprehensive and inclusive socio-economic progress, especially in different parts of the country all emerging districts, the tribal belts, the hill areas and the north-eastern region.

In recent years, the government has ensured an unprecedented focus on infrastructure through a holistic perspective. This helped address past problems by institutionalizing holistic stakeholder planning for large infrastructure projects. Instead of planning and designing separately in silos, projects under this national master plan are designed and executed with a shared vision on a single platform. The Department of Roads and Motorways, which has pioneered the construction of state-of-the-art multi-modal infrastructure across the country, has made significant progress under this national master plan.

The Prime Minister has always added value and innovative ideas to my various presentations to the Cabinet. He constantly, and personally on some of the most prestigious projects, monitors progress and encourages all stakeholders, especially the workforce, for their valuable contribution. One such event where Prime Minister Modi laid the groundwork via video conference was the two road projects aimed at improving connectivity to the temple city of Pandharpur in my home state of Maharashtra. He laid the foundation for the four-lane construction of five sections of Shri Sant Dnyaneshawar Maharaj Palkhi Marg and three sections of Shri Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi Marg.

Seeing him establish a connection, he asked “my Warkari brothers” for three things as blessings – trees along the sidewalks along the highways, provision for drinking water at specified intervals along the roads, and to make Pandharpur the cleanest place of pilgrimage in India . The prime minister’s development idea has two important aspects – modernity coupled with the rejuvenation of cultural and civilizing heritage.

Our Bharatmala Pariyojana program is both a enabler and a beneficiary of other key Prime Minister initiatives such as Sagarmala, Dedicated Freight Corridors, National Logistics Policy and Industrial Corridors, UDAN-RCS, BharatNet, Digital India, Parvatmala and Make in India. The Bharatmala Pariyojana is an ambitious, centrally funded flagship program for the construction of new highway projects across the country. Particular attention was paid to providing connections to distant frontier and rural areas, including the tribal and backward areas.

NHAI and NHIDCL are rapidly completing various Greenfield Expressways and 35 Multimodal Logistics Parks (MMLPs) as part of Bharatmala Pariyojana. Some of the major expressways and corridors currently being completed are Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, Ahmedabad-Dholera Expressway, Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, Bengaluru-Chennai Expressway, Ambala-Kotputli Expressway, Amritsar-Bhatinda-Jamnagar Expressway, Raipur-VZG Expressway, Hyderabad-VZG Expressway, Urban Extension Road-II, Chennai-Salem Expressway and Chittor-Thatchur Expressway.

Major infrastructure projects that are in various stages of construction include the prestigious Zojila Tunnel and Z-morth, which will link Srinagar and Leh. All of the unprecedented progress and development of road and highway infrastructure under my ministry would not have been possible without the capable and dynamic leadership and vision of our Prime Minister, who works relentlessly around the clock and whose efforts and relentless leadership have continuously guided us, his vision of the new India to realize. As our beloved and most revered Prime Minister celebrates his 72nd birthday on September 17th, we all set out to celebrate this day in a unique way by dedicating all the development and progress of my ministry to him on his birthday.

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