Less that 24 hours after he returned from a a seven-day visit to the US and Ireland, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday reviewed key national projects, including the Mumbai Metro Project Line 3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ), their pace of development and status with the central and state officials in his sixth interaction with the 'babus' through PRAGATI (the ICT-based, multi-model platform for Pro-active governance and timely implementation).
During the meeting, which lasted several hours, Modi laid stress on development of the solar energy parks in 17 states across the country and exhorted the state officials to be proactive in creating conducive policy framework for speedy implementation of the solar power projects. The PM expressed concern at the undue delay in processing of requests for patents and trademarks. He directed officials to bring these processes in line with global standards, within a reasonable timeframe. He also called for an overhaul of the patent application filing process, and a drastic reduction in the number of forms required for this process.
Modi also reviewed the progress of the key infrastructrure projects in the Railways, Metro Rail, Roads, power and aviation sectors as also coal and iron ore mining. Officials said, the Prime Minister was keen to know the progress of implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013 and Aadhar card enrollment across the country. He raised few questions and emphasized officials for speedy implementation so that citizens can avail the benefits of these initiatives.
At the request of the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhlesh Singh Yadav, he also reviewed the Lucknow Metro Rail Project (Phase 1A), and expressed satisfaction that several clearances have been given after the project was flagged for review under PRAGATI. The Prime Minister also reviewed the Khurda-Bolangir new Broad Gauge Rail link, on the request of the State of Odisha as also the project for new Pakyong Airport in Sikkim, describing it as a crucial project for connectivity and development of tourism in the state, and urged the state government to work proactively for its timely implementation.
The PM also reviewed the progress of important Indian projects in Afghanistan, including the Parliament Building and the Salma Dam. The Prime Minister asked all concerned departments to ensure that development projects being implemented by India in the SAARC region, are implemented expeditiously, said officials, who attended the meeting.