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PM Modi sets deadline for secys to finish infra projects

In a bid to fast-track infrastructure projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given specific tasks to secretaries and chief secretaries for timely execution of projects by end of this financial year.

india Updated: Sep 09, 2015 11:58 IST
Chetan Chauhan
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In a bid to fast-track infrastructure projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given specific tasks to secretaries and chief secretaries for timely execution of projects by end of this financial year.

In the mid-year appraisal of major projects, Modi was apparently anguished at the slow pace of execution, as he highlighted the projects’ importance to India’s path of growth.

The Prime Minister through video conferencing with central and chief secretaries gave specific deadlines for giving necessary approvals, creating infrastructure to start work on projects and commissioning of projects held up for years.

He also sought better coordination between central ministries and state governments to prevent “unnecessary” delay and asked chief secretaries to have state specific monitoring mechanism for projects of national importance.

As per the minutes of the meeting accessed by HT, Modi laid emphasis on providing rail linkage to coal mines and creating corridors to evacuate power from plants coming up in new coal mining areas.

He outlined the benefits of the dedicated freight corridor and asked cabinet secretary PK Sinha to ensure timely execution of the project.

Modi issued instructions with respect to projects in 13 different sectors including the 4,000-MW Ramagundam power project in Telangana and the new railway line between Nadikude and Srikalahasti in Andhra for which the chief ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh had made specific requests.

The department of posts was directed to ensure people can monitor their speed post and parcel online by March 2016. The home ministry was asked to make it’s decade long Crime and Criminal Network Tracking System functional by March 2016, which should link the network with e-courts, prosecution, forensic and prison system.

Delay in execution in projects has cost the government exchequer by over Rs 2,00,000 crore in recent years because of slow pace of land acquisition and environmental clearances.