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Achievements in the year 2018-19

MOVE Summit


The Infrastructure Connectivity vertical organized MOVE: Global Mobility Summit, which was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. The summit witnessed the participation of top global CEOs and brought together various stakeholders to ideate upon the development of India’s roadmap for Mobility. The summit set the base for a transport system which is safe; clean, shared and connected, affordable, accessible and inclusive.


The vertical also contributed to the preparation of reports on

  • Transforming India’s Mobility: A Perspective
  • Zero Emission Vehicles: Towards a Policy Framework
  • Goods Transport and Logistics
  • Data Driven Mobility
  • Enabling Shared Mobility in India


These reports were presented to the Hon’ble Prime Minister at the inauguration of MOVE Summit.


Mobility Policy and Electric Vehicles


The vertical is working towards all-round improvements to mobility across the transportation and infrastructure sectors. This entails policy measures which are aimed at reduction of logistics cost, promoting urban mobility, facilitating intermodal shift and encouraging new and cutting edge technologies in Electric Vehicles besides others. The vertical regularly conducts meetings with various stakeholders and Ministries and encourages the private sector and start-ups to present their ideas which can be scaled up.


Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) Corridor Project


NITI Aayog hosted theEight Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on High Speed Railways of MAHSR Corridor Project on 17th September 2018, in New Delhi. The Indian delegation was led by Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog whereas Dr. Hiroto Izumi, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan led the Japanese delegation. Make in India, Loan Agreements and Contractual and Technical issues were discussed in addition to a review of the progress made. Discussions were also held regarding training programs.


Indo-Japan Policy Dialogue on Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs)


NITI Aayog and the Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry (METI) had signed an MoU to establish a dialogue on Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs). The second meeting between the two sides was held on 6th September 2018.

Some of the key agenda items discussed included the development of a ZEV Ecosystem, Measures for ZEV Promotion, Battery Technology, Technology Transfer and Policy Measures and Research and Development.


Infrastructure Development of Airports

The Infrastructure Connectivity vertical monitors the development of infrastructure undertaken in Aiports by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and prepares quarterly progress reports. Accordingly, the quarterly progress report of infrastructure developments in Aiports was prepared and submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office.


Port Ecosystem Efficiency


The Infrastructure Connectivity Vertical provides regular inputs to improve the Port Ecosystem Efficiency. This follows an earlier meeting which was chaired by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NITI Aayog and was attended by officials from Ministry of Ports and Shipping, Custom and Central Excise, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Railways, and industry players. Various parameters such as target times for imports and export, customs, railways and CISF were discussed and aggressive targets were set.


Appraisal of Investment Proposals


During the year, Investment proposals were received from the Ministry of Railway, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Shipping and Ministry of Civil Aviation. The vertical examined these proposals in association with the Project Appraisal and Management Division (PAMD), NITI Aayog. The number of such proposals examined have been summarized in the table below.



















Civil Aviation






Number of EFC, SFC, EBR and PIB notes examined by the Infrastructure Connectivity vertical for various sectors, during the year 2017 - 18

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Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Working Group Meeting


Three meetings of the working group of ITS were held on 31 July, 2018. This follows the earlier signing of SoI between NITI Aayog and Geneva based IRF in September 2017. The objective of the SoI is mutual cooperation and the creation of a national platform involving all relevant stakeholders 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 as well as innovation and education in the field of ITS. 


Integration of National Resources for Army


A meeting was held on 2 May, 2018 under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary on the integration of available national resources and their subsequent mobilization. This meeting was held with the Indian Army.


Progress Meeting of PMGSY


The progress of the Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) was reviewed in a meeting chaired by Dr. V. K. Sarawat, Member, NITI Aayog on 10 May, 2018.  The Secretary, Rural Development, NITI Aayog delivered a presentation on the progress made.


Monitoring Committee for Railway Safety Fund


The second meeting of the Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK) was held on 11 October, 2018. The Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh is an independent Monitoring Committee’ which has been created under the chairmanship 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 Convenor of this committee. The first meeting of the committee was held on 23 November 2017.


Monitoring Progress of Metro Projects


The vertical also monitors the progress of Metro Projects in line with the directions of the PMO. Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog reviewed Make in India initiative in Metro Projects, standardization, indigenization of technology and Metro Policy 2017. The Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, CEO, NITI Aayog, Adviser, Transport, NITI Aayog and Managing Directors of metro rail companies participated in the meeting to discuss the various issues hindering the growth of metro projects.


Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC)


The CIDC is a partnership between Infrastructure Connectivity Vertical, NITI Aayog and the Construction Industry which takes up activities and issues related to the development of the Construction Sector in India. The CIDC is mandated to provide impetus to advise the government on policy formulation and facilitate skills development for the workers of the industry in addition to various other tasks.


Setting up of EV Charging Stations at NITI Aayog


Charging points for Electric Vehicles have been installed at NITI Aayog by various providers including ABB and ChargePoint. These charging points will be used to charge electric vehicles and will encourage employees to shift to an electric vehicle fleet. The charging points were inaugurated last year and over ten such charging points have been installed in the premises since.


State Co-operation (State of Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh)


The Infrastructure Connectivity vertical is responsible for looking after the states of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. The activities undertaken in this regard during 2018-19 are mentioned as under:


  • A meeting was organised on 14 September 2018 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Vice Chairman to review the Udaan Scheme, a special industry initiative for the state of Jammu and Kashmir aimed at addressing the needs of the youth in the state. The meeting was attended by various government and non-government stakeholders and beneficiaries. A few revisions in the overall framework of the scheme were suggested so as to streamline the operational aspects.


  • The vertical has assigned a review study of the Udaan scheme in the state of Jammu and Kashmir to the Bureau of Research on Industry and Economic Fundamental Pvt. Ltd (BRIEF) by NITI Aayog under Research Scheme of NITI Aayog 2015 (RSNA-2015).


  • The Government of Himachal Pradesh apprised the vertical of various issues that were pending with central Ministries. NITI Aayog has sought clarification on those issues from the concerned Ministries so that the same may be resolved in a meeting between the Hon’ble Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog and the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.


  • The vertical is engaged in the preparation of a Concept Paper which will focus on employment generation in Jammu and Kashmir as well as ways in which its bond with the rest of the country may be strengthened.