The Indian Railways will establish around 500 multi-modal cargo terminals with an outlay of Rs 50,000 crore under the PM GatiShakti programme in four-five years with the objective of integrating different modes of transportation for smooth movement of both bulk cargo like coal and steel, as well as parcel cargo.
“The PM GatiShakti multi-modal cargo terminals of railways will be terminals where different modes of transportation will be integrated at one place. There will be seamless integration wherever possible of roads, airways, waterways, or any other hybrid means, with the railway transportation network,” said Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw at a media briefing on Thursday.
There will also be multimodal transportation facilitation for passengers, with various integrations being worked out such as joining metros with railways and railways with airways, the Minister said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the ‘PM GatiShakti – National Master Plan’ for multi-modal connectivity to economic zones, with ambitious goals in the areas of road, railways, aviation, clean energy and digital connectivity.