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Action Plan For Mega Infra Projects

Bhubaneswar: The Union Government has asked the State Government to adopt an action plan and set up a transparent system for monitoring implementation of high-stake infrastructure projects in a time bound manner.

Projects worth Rs.500 crore and more are termed as high-stake projects, said officials. Odisha has got such a large number of projects and these are monitored from time to time by senior officials.

A time bound action plan is needed for accelerated implementation and accordingly the State Government has been asked by the Union Government to chart out such an initiative, said an official.

While the Project Monitoring Group (PMG) is removing the bottlenecks for such high value infrastructure projects with an investment of more than Rs.500 crore for accelerated rate of execution, the State Government has been advised to set a timeline in this regard.

The PMG is monitoring 1778 high stake projects with an anticipated investment of more than Rs.60 lakh crore across the country while more than 6000 issues are being monitored on a regular basis.

The setting up of a transparent mechanism will be helpful for fast tracking issue resolution and it will promote time bound action, said Anurag Jain, Union Secretary Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

Jain is in touch with the State Government officials and advised for a time bound action plan for implementing high value infrastructure projects.

While the PMG has developed a Technology Portal at State Level and extended all out support for it, Jain has advised the State Government to adopt the same and promote time bound action for approval and sorting out pending issues.

Proactive Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) helps in monitoring major projects, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PMG is coordinating the issues, said official sources.

As the district authorities are involved in implementation of these projects, in order to ensure accountability and transparency, the State Government is needed to adopt the technology platform.

Several State Governments have come on board in this new system including Telengana, which is trying to ensure time bound implementation of high-stake projects.

District Authorities of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand have already been on-board the PMG Portal as key stakeholders, officials say.

Accordingly, the State Government has been approached by DPIIT authorities to adopt PMG Platform for ensuring accelerated pace of execution of high-stake projects.

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