PM Modi is reviewing nine infrastructure projects to avoid delays and cost overruns, including MUTP-3 and the North-East Gas Grid


Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed nine major projects worth Rs 59,000 crore a fortnight ago, including the crucial Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase-3, which could solve the city’s suburban rail transport woes, and the North-East Gas Grid project, which will connect all eight north-eastern states.

According to the minutes of the meeting accessed by News18, “the Prime Minister has urged all stakeholders concerned to adhere to the project timeframes to avoid time and expense overruns.”

In the past, the PM has emphasised the need of completing critical projects on time.

The government launched an operation in December of last year to track the status of over 1,700 major core infrastructure projects in order to identify those that may not be finished on time or with cost overruns.

The progress of the Rs 11,000-crore MUTP-3, which was approved by the Union Cabinet in 2016, was at the top of the review list. It is projected to reduce crowding in Mumbai’s suburban trains during peak hours, since more than eight million people use more than 2,900 train services daily in the suburban segment.

A new suburban corridor between Panvel and Karjat (28 km), an elevated corridor between Airoli and Kalwa (3 km), the quadrupling of the Virar-Dahanu Road (63 km), the purchase of 565 new coaches, and trespass control measures are all part of this phase.

Another important infrastructure project examined was the ambitious North-East Gas Grid Project, which entails the construction of a 1,656-kilometer gas pipeline grid that would connect all eight north-eastern states and aims to eliminate India’s regional imbalance in natural gas availability. This project was approved in 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in 2024. This pipeline is being funded directly by the central government with Rs 5,559 crore.

The Raipur-Visakhapatnam Economic Corridor, a Rs 20,000-crore greenfield road project that will link Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, boost freight transportation, and contribute to exports, was another key project evaluated by the PM.

The PM also went over the status of another major gas pipeline project in Andhra Pradesh, the 391-kilometer Kakinada-Visakhapatnam-Srikakulam pipeline.

The PM also looked at the Maharashtra’s Sulwade Jamphal Kanoli Lift Irrigation Scheme, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The barrage will be built in Dhule district’s Tapi basin. The PM lay the foundation stone for the Patratu Super Thermal Power Project in Jharkhand in 2018, and it was also reviewed. This project’s initial unit was supposed to be completed this year.