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PM panel sets deadline for key infrastructure projects

A steering group appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has set deadlines for completion of key infrastructure projects, including Mumbai Rail Corridor, Delhi-Meerut Expressway and Navi Mumbai Airport, the Prime Minister's Office said Thursday.

Mumbai Rail Corridor and Navi Mumbai Airport have to be completed by Jan 31, 2014, while the deadline for the Delhi-Meerut Expressway is March 15, 2014.

"The deadlines will ensure that ministries or departments are clear about not just the overall deadline but also all the intermediate steps that need to be completed so that there are no slippages,â€Â the PMO said in a statement.

The principal secretary to the prime minister has directed all ministries and departments to nominate a nodal officer each of the rank of a joint secretary or above, who will report on a weekly basis on the progress of their department's projects, it said.

The names of the nodal officers would be intimated to the prime minister's office by July 26, 2013.