FM asks Niti Aayog to map all industrial activities for PM Gati Shakti

NEW DELHI: Nirmala Sitharaman, the minister of finance, requested on Thursday that the Niti Aayog create a report outlining all industrial activity, including corridors, logistics parks, and pharma hubs, so that they can be included in the government's PM Gati Shakti plan.  She also recommended that the shipping ministry examine the connections between the nation's seaports and its industrial corridors.

During the inaugural meeting of the Apex Monitoring Authority for the National Industrial Corridor Development Program, the minister developed seven action items, of which these ideas were one. The minister instructed the Aayog to complete the report by the end of October.

A digital platform called PM Gati Shakti seeks to encourage integrated planning and coordinated execution of infrastructure connection projects. She suggested that Niti Aayog do a rapid study because several activities are taking place and all of them need to fall under the purview of the PM Gati Shakti programme.

The finance minister also advised Piyush Goyal, her counterpart in commerce, to assess the nodes and three industrial corridors in south India: the Vizag Chennai Industrial Corridor, the Bengaluru Mumbai Industrial Corridor, and the Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor.

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