Use new tech to speed up infra creation: PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all infrastructure ministries to adopt new technologies to achieve quantum jump in creation of infrastructure in the country as the BJP-led NDA government gets down to implementation mode ahead of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

A senior government official said NITI Aayog, the government’s premier think tank, has made a comprehensive presentation on airports, renewable energy and petroleum to the prime minister following which Modi also reviewed the first quarter performance of other eight sectors.

“PM has asked all key ministries to speed up creation of infrastructure in the country at a three-hour long meeting. The idea is to ensure ministries adopt new technologies that can help them improve efficiencies and result in quantum jump in performance,” said the official. Prior to this, Modi had reviewed and set targets for eight other infrastructure sectors, including road, transport, ports and railways.

“The Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reviewed the progress of key infrastructure sectors. In course of the presentation made by NITI Aayog, it was noted that there has been phenomenal progress in several key sectors, including renewable energy, and railway,” PMO said in a statement.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had made the presentation. The prime minister was briefed on plans and strategies to further ramp up solar energy production, including through rooftop generation, PMO said. In the aviation sector, Modi was briefed on steps being taken to boost regional connectivity, and improve customer satisfaction indices at airports.

Reviewing the progress in the petroleum and natural gas sector, Modi sought to know steps being taken to ramp up ethanol blending of petrol. Top officials from various infrastructure sector ministries, NITI Aayog, and PMO attended the meeting. As part of the first quarter review, it was noted that Indian Railways has achieved a target of daily passenger movement of 2.25 crore. Also, 240 unmanned crossings have been eliminated in the first quarter of the fiscal.

In the power sector, 3.5 crore LED bulbs have been distributed in the same period while in the ports sector there has been considerable progress in average vessel turnaround time. In the rural housing sector, 6.94 lakh rural houses have been completed in the first quarter, beating the target of 6 lakh houses.

Credits ET Realty

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