Use new tech to speed up infrastructure creation: PM Modi

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Use new tech to speed-Ins

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all infrastructure ministries to adopt new technologies in order to achieve quantum jump in the creation of infrastructure in the country.

A senior government official said NITI Aayog has made a comprehensive presentation on airports, renewable energy and petroleum to the prime minister following which Modi also reviewed the first quarter performance of other eight sectors.

PM has asked all key ministries to speed up the creation of infrastructure in the country at a three-hour long meeting. The idea is to ensure ministries adopt new technologies that can help them improve efficiencies and result in quantum jump in performance, said the official.

Prior to this, Modi had reviewed and set targets for eight other infrastructure sectors, including road, transport, ports and railways.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the progress of key infrastructure sectors. In course of the presentation made by NITI Aayog, it was noted that there has been phenomenal progress in several key sectors, including renewable energy, and railway, PMO said in a statement.

Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, had made the presentation.

As per PMO, the prime minister was briefed on plans and strategies to further ramp up solar energy production, including through rooftop generation. In the aviation sector, Modi was briefed on the steps that are being taken to boost regional connectivity and improve customer satisfaction indices at airports.

While reviewing the progress in the petroleum and natural gas sector, Modi sought to know steps being taken to ramp up ethanol blending of petrol.

The meeting was attended by top officials from various infrastructure sector ministries, NITI Aayog, and PMO.

In the first quarter review, it was noted that Indian Railways has achieved a target of daily passenger movement of 2.25 crore. Also, 240 unmanned crossings have been eliminated in the first quarter of the fiscal.

In the power sector, 3.5 crore LED bulbs have been distributed in the same period while in the ports sector there has been considerable progress in average vessel turnaround time.