10 lakh-crore National Transport Master Plan (NTMP) is government’s biggest intervention towards multi-modal transportation!
The Central Government is working on a Rs 10 lakh-crore National Transport Master Plan (NTMP) that will provide seamless movement of freight and passengers across multiple modes of transport. This is the first time that the country will have a National Transport Master Plan, which will be jointly developed by the ministries of road transport and highways, shipping, aviation and railways.
“National Transport Master Plan (NTMP) will be a strategic framework and investment plan for sustainable development of the transport infrastructure”, a draft note on the plan said.
“It will forecast the future transport demands and projected infrastructure and service requirements, and will develop a framework of a transport strategy and investment plans to meet the demands as well as tools for implementation” the note said.
The roads ministry plans to develop 10 such hubs across the country in partnership with railways and shipping ministries. The construction work for these hubs could be given to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The plan will include construction of multi-modal transport hubs that will have railway stations, light railway stations (metro) and bus terminals under one roof. NTMP will be a strategic framework and investment plan for sustainable development of the transport infrastructure.
Road transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari and Railway minister, Suresh Prabhu are working to have such a plan in place. The shipping ministry’s Sagarmala project, which focuses on port-led development of the country, will have several such multi-modal hubs under it. The government has allocated Rs 3 lakh crore for the next financial year for the development of transportation and infrastructure sectors in the country.