NITI Aayog’s Infrastructure-Connectivity vertical is mandated to provide an integrated approach to transport sector by promoting efficient, sustainable, environment friendly and regionally balanced transportation system. Some of the important activities undertaken by the vertical in the year 2017-18 are as follows:
1. India’s Development Agenda @75
Infrastructure connectivity vertical was actively engaged in preparing India’s Development agenda @75. The vertical conducted working group meetings with industry and government experts to prepare reports on Rail Transport; Ports and Shipping; Inland Waterways; Civil Aviation; Road; Logistics.
2. Port Ecosystem Efficiency
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NITI Aayog chaired a meeting on the Port Ecosystem Efficiency on 28th June, 2017. The meeting was attended by officials from Ministry of Ports and Shipping, Custom and Central Excise, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Railways, and industry players. Aggressive targets were set for various parameters such as target time for export and import, import customs, railways and CISF. During the review notable achievements were reported in cutting down delays in customs processing, loading of railway rakes in Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, and documentation.
3. Appraisal of Investment Proposals
During the year, investment proposals received from Ministries of Railways, Road Transport and Highways, Ports and Shipping, and Civil Aviation were examined in association with Project Appraisal and Management Division, NITI Aayog. The details are shown in the table .
The following revised cost estimates (RCEs) of Civil Aviation were also appraised:
- RCE for Development of Tezu Airport in Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh
- RCE for Construction of Greenfield Airport at Pakyong, Sikkim
Number of EFC, SFC, EBR and PIB notes examined by the Infrastructure Connectivity vertical for various sectors, during the year 2017 - 18
4. Cabinet Notes
Infrastructure Connectivity vertical has played a key role in policy making in the transport sector through its inputs to the inter-ministerial decision making process through cabinet notes. A total of four such notes were examined during the year as per the details given below:
|Ministry of||Cabinet Notes examined|
|Road Transport and Highways||1|
|Ports and Shipping||1|
5. Report on Transformative Mobility Solutions
A report titled “India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Mobility Solutions for All” was unveiled by CEO, NITI Aayog at Vigyan Bhawan on 12th May, 2017. It was prepared in collaboration with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). The report identifies and explores emerging technologies and business models that can allow India to “leapfrog” traditional approaches to passenger mobility.
6. Policy Briefs
The two policy briefs, viz., India's Energy Storage Mission: A Make in India Opportunity for Globally Competitive Battery Manufacturing, and Valuing Society First: An Assessment of the Potential for a Feebate Policy in India, were released by CEO, NITI Aayog on 22nd November, 2017. They were prepared in collaboration with RMI. The former outlines a strategy for India to become a global hub of battery manufacturing, while the latter evaluates a “feebate” policy to incentivize the supply and demand of electric vehicles in India.
7. Indo-French Workshop on Electric Mobility
Under the chairmanship of CEO, NITI Aayog, a workshop on electric mobility was conducted on 10th November, 2017, in collaboration with the Embassy of France in India. The topics included in the workshop were Electric Vehicles Supply; Infrastructure: Charging, Storage, Grid Management; Electric Mobility in Urban Planning and Public Transportation
8. Quick pilot on electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure
Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog released a proposal to develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Delhi, on 10th November, 2017. This was developed in collaboration with AC2SG Software. The proposal for the quick pilot could be used to provide a structure for EV infrastructure rollout in the Gurugram – Indira Gandhi International Airport - South Delhi - NOIDA corridor. The proposal for developing the pilot includes 55 locations with 135 charging stations of which 46 are DC quick charging stations and 89 are slower AC charging stations.
9. Setting up of EV Charging Station for a pilot at NITI Aayog
ABB and ChargePoint have put up an EV Charging Station at NITI Aayog for demonstration purpose that would be inaugurated in December, 2017.
10. Electric Mobility
11. Signing of Statement of Intent (SoI) with International Road Federation (IRF) on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
NITI Aayog and Geneva based IRF signed a SoI on 21st September, 2017, to cooperate in the field of ITS. The objective of this SoI is to create a national platform, involving all relevant Government of India stakeholders, Indian and foreign companies active in the sector, and relevant technical experts for the purpose of developing a National ITS Policy covering Traffic Management; Parking Management; Electronic Enforcement of Traffic Rules and Regulations; Fleet Management and Monitoring; Innovation in the field of ITS; Education in the field of ITS.
The objectives of this national ITS Policy will be to contribute to reducing urban traffic congestion, improving the situation around parking of vehicles in cities, improving road safety, and improving the security of passenger and goods traffic. The work of this National Platform will provide a coherent and consistent National ITS Policy covering domains such as traffic and parking management, enforcement, and security.
11. Monitoring Committee for Railway Safety Fund
An independent ‘Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK) Monitoring Committee’ is created under the Cchairmanship of CEO, NITI Aayog. Other members of the committee are Additional Member Planning, Railway Board; Joint Secretary, PFC-II, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. The Adviser (Infrastructure – Connectivity) is the Convener of this Committee. The first meeting of the committee was held on 23rd November 2017.
12. Resolving issues for Proposed High Speed Rail Corridor
A meeting on implementation of the decision taken at the 27th meeting of Southern Zonal Council on extension of high speed rail corridor between Thiruvananthapuram and Mangalore (up to Udupi) was held under the Chairmanship of Adviser (Infrastructure - Connectivity) on 11th August, 2017. The meeting was conducted to help the State Governments of Kerala and Karnataka reach a consensus on the issue of the proposed extension of the high speed rail.
13. Monitoring of Progress of Metro Projects
PMO had directed NITI Aayog to monitor progress of metro projects in India. Therefore, a meeting was held under the Chairmanship of CEO, NITI Aayog on 17th October 2017. The Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, and Managing Directors of metro rail companies participated in the meeting to discuss the various issues hindering the growth of metro projects.
14. Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs)
NITI Aayog conducts the quarterly review of the two ongoing DFCs. Three meetings have been held so far on 23rd August, 15th November and 20th November, 2017.
15. Development of Infrastructure in Airports
Pursuant to PMO’s RoD dated 3rd February 2017, Infrastructure Connectivity vertical is monitoring the progress of development of infrastructure in airports, undertaken by Airports Authority of India, on quarterly basis. The first report was sent to the PMO by NITI Aayog on vide letter dated 13th June 2017.
16. Resolving Issues
A meeting was held on 10th August, 2017, under the chairmanship of Adviser (Infrastructure – Connectivity), of all the stakeholders of Krishnapatnam Railway Company Limited (KRCL) and Ministry of Railways on issues regarding non-payment of terminal charges to KRCL by South Central Railways/Ministry of Railways.
17. State Co-operations (States of Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh)
Infrastructure – Connectivity vertical is also looking after the States of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), and Himachal Pradesh (HP). The activities undertaken during the period are as under:
- A meeting was held on 27th April, 2017, under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Home Minister of India at New Delhi to review the progress of Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) - 2015 of Rs. 80,000 crore for J&K.
- Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member, and Adviser (HP), NITI Aayog visited HP on 23rd- 24th June, 2017 and had a meeting with Hon’ble Chief Minister and other Ministers and Senior officials of the State Government. They also interacted with civil society organizations and academia. The deliberations focused on the transition from Planning Commission to NITI Aayog, policy making initiatives of NITI Aayog such as National Energy Policy, Roadmap on Poverty Elimination, Atal Innovation Mission, National Nutrition Policy, Agricultural Revitalization, Digital Payments, three Sub Groups of Chief Ministers namely Centrally Sponsored Schemes, Skill Development and Swachh Bharat, outcomes in infrastructure sectors, monitoring through dashboards, monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals, Science and Technology Roadmaps, and key indices on Health, Water, School Education Quality, Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reform Performance of Himachal Pradesh.
- Adviser (J&K), NITI Aayog visited Srinagar on 31st July, 2017 and attended a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary to review the progress under PMDP. In the meeting it was decided that NITI Aayog would do the physical verification of the projects for permanent restoration of damaged infrastructure to assess their progress on ground. Accordingly, a team of officers from NITI Aayog visited some of the projects sites from 5th to 9th September, 2017. In co-ordination with the State Government they reviewed the financial and physical progress of the projects. Based on the observations, the team submitted its report to the Ministry of Home Affairs (nodal Ministry for monitoring the progress of PMDP) on 4th October, 2017.
- VC, NITI Aayog had a meeting with Hon’ble Chief Minister, J&K on 28th October, 2017 at Srinagar which was attended by State Finance Minister, Senior Officers from the State Government and Adviser (J&K), NITI Aayog. Various issues regarding the developmental paradigm of Jammu and Kashmir were discussed in the meeting.
- A meeting was held on 27th November, 2017 in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary to review the progress of projects under PMDP, which was attended by Adviser (J&K), NITI Aayog. In the meeting, the issue of release of Rs.170 crore (under 3rd tranche of projects) for Permanent Restoration of Damaged Infrastructure was discussed.