Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman releases Report of the Task Force on National Infrastructure Pipeline for 2019-2025

Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman releases Report of the Task Force on National Infrastructure Pipeline for 2019-2025

Delhi:To achieve the GDP of $5 trillion by 2024-25, India needs to spend about $1.4 trillion (Rs. 100 lakh crore) over these years on infrastructure. In the past decade (FY 2008-17), India invested about $1.1 trillion on infrastructure. The challenge is to step-up annual infrastructure investment so that lack of infrastructure does not become a binding constraint on the growth of the Indian economy. The Union Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman made a brief statement on the contents of the National Infrastructure Pipeline at a Press Conference here today. She indicated that Government will examine the recommendations of the Task Force and take action early.

Hon’ble Prime Minister in his Independence Day-2019 speech highlighted that Rs.100 lakh crore would be invested on infrastructure over the next five years including social and economic infrastructure projects.

To achieve this objective, a Task Force was constituted to draw up the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) for each of the years from FY 2019-20 to FY 2024-25 with the approval of the Finance Minister. The Task Force is chaired by Secretary, DEA with CEO (NITI Aayog), Secretary (Expenditure), Secretary of the Administrative Ministries, and Additional Secretary (Investments), DEA as members and Joint Secretary (IPF), DEA as Member Secretary.

The first meeting of the Task Force was held in September 2019. Subsequently, several meetings were held with various Departments/Ministries engaged in infrastructure development, Corporates engaged in infrastructure development & construction, Banks/Financial Institutions, Private Equity funds, and Industry Associations, including CII, FICCI & ASSOCHAM, to seek information as well as suggestions on reforms required in infrastructure sectors.

This exercise, the first of its kind, is expected to be followed up by a periodical review process. NIP will enable a forward outlook on infrastructure projects which will create jobs, improve ease of living, and provide equitable access to infrastructure for all, thereby making growth more inclusive. NIP includes economic and social infrastructure projects.

On the basis of the information compiled as on date, total project capital expenditure in infrastructure sectors in India during the fiscals 2020 to 2025 is projected at over Rs 102 lakh crore.

During the fiscals 2020 to 2025, sectors such as Energy (24%), Roads (19%), Urban (16%), and Railways (13%) amount to around 70% of the projected capital expenditure in infrastructure in India. The detailed sector wise break of the pipeline is as follows:

Ministry/ Department

FY 20-25

Energy

Power

1175995

Renewable Energy

929500

Atomic Energy

154088

Petroleum and Natural Gas

194666

Total Energy

2,454,249

Roads

Roads

1,963,943

Total Roads

1,963,943

Railways

Railways

1,368,523

Total Railways

1,368,523

Ports

Ports

100,923

Total Ports

100,923

Airports

Airports

143,398

Total Airports

143,398

Urban

AMRUT, SMART Cities, MRTS, Affordable Housing, Jal Jeevan Mission

1,629,012

Total Urban

1,629,012

Telecommunication

Telecommunication

320,498

Total Telecommunications

320,498

Irrigation

Irrigation

772,678

Total Irrigation

772,678

Rural Infrastructure

Rural Infrastructure

410,955

Water and Sanitation

361,810

Total Rural Infrastructure

772,765

Agriculture and Food Processing Infrastructure

Agriculture Infrastructure

54,298

Food Processing Industries

1,255

Food and Public Distribution

5,000

Total Agriculture and Food Processing Infrastructure

60,553

Social Infrastructure

Higher Education

118,348

School Education

37,791

Health and Family Welfare

168,622

Sports

7,618

Tourism

24,321

Total Social Infrastructure

356,701

Industrial Infrastructure

Industries and Internal Trade

299,237

Steel

8,225

Total Industrial Infrastructure

307,462

TOTAL (Rs. Crore)

10,250,704

Out of the total expected capital expenditure of Rs. 102 lakh crore, projects worth Rs 42.7 lakh crore (42%) are under implementation, projects worth Rs 32.7 lakh crore (32%) are in conceptualization stage and rest are under development. It is expected that projects of certain states, who are yet to communicate their pipelines, would be added to the pipeline in due course.

The Task Force in its detailed report has given recommendations on changes required to several key sectoral policies and other reform initiatives to be initiated by Central and State Governments. A monitoring mechanism has also been suggested to ensure timely implementation.

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