The Railway Board has introduced the creation of a brand new ‘Gati Shakti Direcorate’ , clubbing numerous works beneath completely different wings right into a single one to “create additional railway infrastructure, bring in synergy and efficiency into the sytem, enhance the market share in cargo handling and reduce the logistic costs”.
An official order issued by the RB’s joint secretary B. Majumdar few days in the past to senior officers throughout the nation has acknowledged that the brand new directorate will work with the present power of works, sign directorate and so forth, and can report on to the RB’s Member-Infrastructure.
The new directorate shall be headed by an Additional Member of RB because the principal government director to coordinate with the RB, interface with different ministries and others. Six different members shall be government administrators for visitors, sign & telecommunications, civil, electrical and finance wings.
Other two members shall be an financial adviser wanting into all of the tasks and one other officer to take care of safety associated points. The directorate shall be concerned with appraisal and sanctioning of tasks, preparation of value estimates, sanction and examination of surveys and so on., with regard to new strains, gauge conversion, doubling and different visitors services.
The new directorate could have the mandate to organize cupboard notes for approval of tasks needing clearance from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). The directorate is meant to audit numerous tasks and convey out causes for taking corrective steps if there are delays within the implementation. It must monitor tasks underway and liaison with the respective State governments for forest clearance, wildlife clearance, land acquisition, energy provide, and so on.
The new directorate has additionally been given monetary powers to take up tasks costing anyplace from ₹100 crore to ₹500 crore with approvals to be obtained from the RB and the Ministry. For tasks above ₹1,000 crore, the NITI Aayog must be concerned too and something above ₹1,000 crore would require approval from the CCEA too. It has additionally been made necessary to organize detailed venture stories for any new venture costing above ₹50 crore.
For now the officers recognized for the brand new directorate will proceed to perform concurrently from their respective departments until the brand new system stablises, stated the official round.