There is a tweet by Mr. Suresh Prabhu where he is saying that the nation should develop infrastructure for future.
As we all know the campaigns for 2019 general elections are on. Every party has its own agenda and is aggressively working on it. But when it comes to the ruling party, what should their agenda be? Well, in 2014 general elections the NDA proposed development as their agenda, and it seems the development will remain their prime agenda this time as well. Or rather infrastructure development!
That’s right, coz Narendra Modi led NDA government plans to showcase highway development as one of the biggest achievements in the infrastructure sector in the upcoming elections. The government plans to complete almost 200 highway projects worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore by mid of 2019.
Do you know, the road highway and transport ministry has drawn a list of almost 416 ongoing projects worth Rs 3.26 lakh crore that they want to implement on a fast track basis. In fact, by the start of 2019, our Prime Minister would complete handover of more than 50 ‘strategically important’ highway projects!
Let’s talk about 3 such star projects that Modi government and the entire nation is eagerly waiting for.
- Bharatmala Pariyojana
On October 25 last year, the Central government approved a mega plan to kick-start this project at a cost of about Rs 7 lakh crore. The project will be completed in five years. Under this umbrella project, the government plans to connect every nook and corner of India.
In the first phase, of the total 34,800 kms, 1,000 km of roads will be constructed on the eastern and western borders. Similarly, 2,100 km of coastal roads and 2,000 km of port connectivity will be completed in the first phase, promoting tourism and industrial development. A special focus will be laid on far-flung areas across the country. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
- Rashtriya Rajmarg Zila Sanjoyokta Pariyojna
The government will be spending an estimated cost of Rs 60,000 crore to connect headquarters of 100 districts through world-class highways, spanning 6,600 kms. There are 676 district headquarters across the country. The national highways do not have uniform configuration across the length and an upgrade will ensure better connectivity.
- Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna
The four abodes of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath that have a great religious significance, are frequently visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. To connect these four destinations and bring much ease to the pilgrims, the prime minister has laid the foundation of the Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna in December 2017. This connective highway is to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 12,000 crore, with a road network spanning 900 kilometers. The project is expected to be completed by end of 2018. Personnel for defence establishments along the Indo-China border areas in the state Uttarakhand are deployed through these roads. From a strategic point of view, too, this would be a major development.
In 2014, when the NDA government took charge, highway projects worth over Rs 1 lakh crore were stuck in doldrums due to either lack of funds or failure to get various regulatory clearances and complete land acquisition. Between 2014-15 and 2018-19, the overall budgetary allocation to the highways sector has increased from Rs 32,000 crore to Rs 71,000 crore. The government has set an ambitious target of building almost 45 km of roads per day, up from 9km a day just four years ago.
No doubt, roads, and highways bring employment, growth and prosperity to the economy. If these roads get completed within stipulated time, it will be a huge achievement for the Narendra Modi led NDA government. No doubt, the agenda for infrastructural development will be at the center stage these elections.