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PM Narendra Modi Reviews Infra Sectors: Stresses on Creating World-class Infrastructure

Posted on the 15 September 2014 by Arun Lakhani
NEW DELHI: In line with NDA government's focus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reviewed the progress of eight major infrastructure sectors; Civil Aviation, Ports and Inland Waterways, Railways, Roads, Telecom, Power, Coal, and New and Renewable Energy.
Prime minister stressed that accelerated infrastructure development was the government's top priority. Modi also emphasised the need for creating world-class infrastructure in India.
Modi said that progress of infrastructure development should be monitored through efficiency parameters. "Ministries should monitor them on electronic reporting formats," Modi said. "Initiatives undertaken by state governments as well as PSUs with other countries, including SAARC countries, should also be taken into account while monitoring the progress of infrastructure sectors," he added.
Modi said the Sagarmala project should lead to port-led development. It should become a major link element for his 'Make in India' vision, which envisaged a quantum jump in India's global trade, Modi said.
Modi was of the opinion that now that Railways has been granted clearance for 100% FDI, it should come up with a comprehensive plan for facilitating FDI in the sector.
Modi reiterated his emphasis on renewable energy, including solar energy. He called for a solar-powered corridor along the India-Pakistan border, in the desert regions of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Two pilot projects of 5 MW each are being initiated in this regard.
Referring to his vision of solid waste management and waste water management in 500 towns through the PPP model, Modi said bio-energy would be a vital element of this vision. Modi called for provision of world-class utility facilities along new road projects to bring about a paradigm shift in India's global perception.
"All the sectors broadly reported significant improvement in performance over the last four months, as compared to the previous year," the government release said.
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