by Anushree Ghosh
Major Highway/bridge Development Projects Inaugurated/Completed in 2018
Infrastructure development is the primary need for the economic growth of any country. The NDA government has been focusing on developing roads, and highways to position India as a country with world-class infrastructure. A large number of projects are being undertaken by the government that would generate more employment opportunities — likely to become the main agendas of the 2019 election. The number of road projects varies from 25 – 55 that are being commissioned by the government in the states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh – some are completed and some are under construction.
Almost 10,000 km of national highway was constructed by the end of March this year. In May 2018, a bond was signed between the World Bank and Government of India to construct climate resilient roads which will be constructed using green technology. The Government also approved the construction of a 9.9 km bridge project across Ganga and signed a deal for constructing rural roads of around 10,510 km in Madhya Pradesh. A humongous amount of US4 24.7 billion is received between April 2000 and June 2018 as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the development of infrastructure in India.
Here are the major infrastructure development projects, undertaken by the NDA government:
Jalandhar-Ajmer Shareef Expressway:
To aid the transport of goods from Punjab to Mumbai and other ports, the government is planning to take up construction of the Jalandhar-Ajmer Shareef expressway in the first round of the national expressway project scheme.
Delhi -Meerut expressway:
The 8 km stretch of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway from UP Gate to Vijay Nagar is expected to be functional from March 2019.
The 343 km stretch will connect the towns of U.P, namely – Ghazipur, Faizabad and Lucknow and is under construction now.
The Bridge has been constructed by the railways, and is, 4.94 km long above river Brahmaputra. This rail-cum-road bridge has three road lanes and a double-track railway line. It connects Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh and will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25. It will be the second largest bridge in Asia
Delhi’s Signature Bridge:
It is built over river Yamuna and connects Wazirabad to East Delhi. It is India’s first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge. After 14 years of tedious ups and downs, it was finally inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on November 4. This bridge is expected to make the travel easier between north and north-east Delhi.
Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL):
It is an under-construction project for connecting Mumbai with Navi Mumbai. After its completion, it will become the longest sea bridge in India.
By undertaking some major developmental projects, the government plans to attract investors and intends to complete the national highway project by 2022. As per the analysis by India Brand Equity Foundation, the government is all set to invest 7 trillion (US$ 107.82 billion) for construction of new roads and highways.