With the government’s special emphasis on improving India’s infrastructure sectors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took yet another meeting on March 4th and reviewed the progress of key infrastructure sectors including power, coal, housing, ports, and Digital India.
Modi noted that the progress of electrification of all unelectrified villages is proceeding at a rapid pace. Out of the approximately 18,500 unelectrified villages, about 6000 have already been electrified.
Congratulating the power ministry under Piyush Goyal, PM tweeted, “Pace of rural electrification is phenomenal. What’s even better is how technology has been used in the entire process. Kudos to the Ministry.”
“We discussed ways to hasten the process of providing mobile connectivity in rural areas & reviewed work done in Housing for All scheme. On the ports sector, we are working towards improving the average vessel turnaround time at major ports, at par with global standards,” Modi further tweeted.
He added that such comprehensive meetings on infrastructure are extremely enriching & provide a wide perspective “on where we stand & the roadmap ahead.”
Reviewed key infra projects including in power, coal, housing, ports sectors & Digital India at a meeting yesterday. https://t.co/1fOOGmWuY0
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 5, 2016
Officials said the PM was also briefed on the off-grid solutions such as solar panels are being used to reach remote and inaccessible areas, in States such as Arunachal Pradesh.
The progress in distribution of LED bulbs across the country was reviewed.
Significant progress has been achieved towards the target of 175 Giga-Watts (GW) of renewable energy capacity by 2022. The total installed renewable energy capacity has already reached 39.5 GW.
Coal India Limited has achieved a 9.2% increase in production this year, as compared to an average of just 3 percent growth over the last 5 years.
Officials said that the PM called for immediate measures to scale up the speed of providing broadband connectivity to all Gram Panchayats. He also inquired about the progress in providing Wi-FI connectivity at important tourist destinations across the country. He was informed that so far, 12 such locations have been provided public Wi-Fi connectivity.
Modi was also informed of the progress being achieved in providing mobile connectivity to villages in LWE affected areas. 1371 towers have so far been installed in these areas.
Reviewing the ports sector, the Prime Minister instructed officials to work urgently on improving the average vessel turnaround time at major ports, to bring it in line with international standards.Drastic reduction in the timelines for border compliance, and measures for a boost to coastal shipping within the country, were also discussed.