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PIB Summary for UPSC

18-January -2024

1.Prime Minister dedicates to nation infrastructure projects worth more than ₹4,000 crores in Kochi, Kerala.

Topic: GS3 – Indian Economy – Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railway etc.
UPSC candidates must understand the significance of PM Modi’s inauguration of key maritime infrastructure projects, showcasing India’s development and self-sufficiency in crucial sectors.
Context:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated three key infrastructure projects in Kochi, Kerala, including a New Dry Dock, International Ship Repair Facility, and LPG Import Terminal.
  • The projects, totaling over Rs 4,000 crore, aim to boost India’s maritime strength and transform the ports and shipping sector. 
More information on this news:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates three major infrastructure projects in Kochi, Kerala.
  • Projects include the New Dry Dock (NDD) at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), International Ship Repair Facility (ISRF) of CSL, and LPG Import Terminal of Indian Oil Corporation Limited.
  • Total investment in the projects exceeds Rs 4,000 crore.
  • Prime Minister emphasizes the importance of India’s maritime strength in global trade.
  • Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal terms the projects as “Symbols of National Pride” showcasing India’s engineering and project management capabilities.
  • Cochin Shipyard aims to double its turnover to Rs 7,000 crore by 2028.
  • The projects align with the government’s vision to transform the ports, shipping, and waterways sector, enhancing self-sufficiency and capa
Infrastructure Development Needs in India:
  • Modernize transportation: Build high-speed rail networks, upgrade existing roads and bridges, and expand public transportation in cities.
  • Invest in renewable energy: Develop solar, wind, and hydropower infrastructure to ensure clean and reliable energy access for all.
  • Upgrade digital infrastructure: Expand broadband internet access, build data centers, and invest in cyber security measures.
  • Improve water management: Build efficient irrigation systems, invest in water treatment plants, and promote sustainable water usage practices.
  • Develop smart cities: Create urban spaces with integrated infrastructure for waste management, renewable energy, and efficient transportation.
  • Focus on rural development: Invest in irrigation, rural roads, cold storage facilities, and healthcare infrastructure in villages.
  • Promote sustainable development: Integrate environmental considerations into all infrastructure projects, prioritize renewable materials, and minimize pollution.
  • Strengthen public-private partnerships: Encourage private sector investment in infrastructure development while ensuring transparency and accountability.
  • Develop skilled workforce: Invest in training programs for engineers, construction workers, and other professionals needed for infrastructure projects.
  • Prioritize maintenance and upkeep: Establish efficient systems for maintaining and repairing existing infrastructure to prevent premature deterioration.
PYQ: Investment in infrastructure is essential for a more rapid and inclusive economic growth. Discuss in the light of India’s experience. (UPSC CSE (M) GS-3 2021) (250 words/15m)
Practice Question: Critically analyse the ongoing infrastructure development initiatives in India, highlighting key needs and potential pitfalls. (250 words/15 m)
 

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