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Infrastructural Development in India at an Unprecedented Level
India infrastructure development

Infrastructural Development in India is unfolding a new face of India. With new highways, new bridges, new tunnels, the infrastructural development of India has seen unprecedented pace under the Modi regime. The highest kilometers of highways have been built, 44 bridges were inaugurated in a single go last year, India got the world’s longest highway tunnel called the ‘Atal Tunnel’ last October. All of this is not just creating new infrastructure but a strong foundation for the economic development of India.

The highest kilometres of highways built

In the last financial year alone, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), built 3979 km of national highways. This is the highest ever number built in a year kilometer wise. The current financial year has an even more ambitious target of building 4500 km of highways. Under its ‘Bharatmala Pariyojana’, the Government of India has undertaken an ambitious goal of building 65,000 kilometers of highways in the country. This never seen before infrastructural development pace had a lot of planning that went behind. Land acquisition prior to the invitation of bids had to be done. The procedure for approval for General Arrangement Drawings was simplified as well as digitized. A one time fund infusion ensured that no lags were faced for want of funds. Regular reviews at various levels and inter-ministerial coordination ensured that all bottlenecks in project execution were timely identified and dealt with. 

This infrastructural development will develop logistic parks, district headquarters, and feeder routes making the door-to-door movement of freight very smooth.

Indian infrastructure development is reaching all transport modes

It is not just roadways that is getting a revamped face, the laurels of railways are not less. With Dedicated freight corridors, semi-high speed railways, the share of railways in carrying freight as well as passenger load will tremendously improve. So will improve the economic activity as well.

Apart from this, the newly planned bullet trains will start running too very soon.

If we look at air travel, a whole new class has started flying affordably with the new UDAN. It has given not just new wings, but new hopes to the new India.

Even the waterways did not remain neglected. With Sagarmala project for port-led development and the development of inland waterways to supplement inland navigation, no stone is left unturned.

Sky is not the limit for this government. Even space was pierced through to supplement the growth story of India. India’s genesis in space research and ISROs low price technological prowess proved India’s mettle in the field of space worldwide.

Read here: Space: A new world, the new future

The mega construction of highways in India

In the last financial year alone, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), built 3979 km of national highways. This is the highest ever number built in a year kilometer wise. The current financial year has an even more ambitious target of building 4500 km of highways. Under its ‘Bharatmala Pariyojana’, the Government of India has undertaken an ambitious goal of building 65,000 kilometers of highways in the country. This never seen before development pace had a lot of planning that went behind. Land acquisition prior to the invitation of bids had to be done. The procedure for approval for General Arrangement Drawings was simplified as well as digitized. A one-time fund infusion ensured that no lags were faced for want of funds. Regular reviews at various levels and inter-ministerial coordination ensured that all bottlenecks in project execution were timely identified and dealt with. 

This will connect logistic parks, district headquarters, and feeder routes making the door-to-door movement of freight very smooth. It is not just the length of highways that is impressive but the quality as well. The Agra-Lucknow expressway in Uttar Pradesh can come handy even for landing IAF fighter Jets. This war ready expressway is made to keep India prepared for any exigency.

The Sethu Bharatam project for new bridges connecting India

For ensuring safe and smooth travel on these national highways being built everywhere, Sethu Bharatam Yojana was launched by PM Modi. With an investment of ₹500 billion, a record 208 road over bridges and road under bridges were built. Apart from this, 1500 existing bridges were widened and rejuvenated. This ensured that all national highways were made free from railway crossings. 

44 major bridges at strategic border locations were inaugurated in a single go last year. The challenging conditions of mountains such as steep slopes, cramped working space, and difficult approach did not deter the Border Roads Organisation from completing the construction in time. They will not only facilitate heavy military traffic movement in the border areas but also integrate the border population with easier terrains. 

Not just tunnels but engineering marvels for the world

The 5.6 mile-long Atal tunnel connecting Manali to Lahaul-Spiti is an engineering marvel on its own. At an altitude of 3,000m, it is the longest not just in India but in the whole world. The mountainous topography called for an escape tunnel inside the main tunnel which is also the first for India. It reduces the road distance by 28.5 miles or about 4-5 hours if we consider the mountainous travel time. The journey from Manali to Leh earlier was so fraught with hazards that oxygen cylinders had to be kept handy. The tunnel has exponentially increased tourism activity in the region.

The foundation stone for strategically important, Sela Tunnel and Nechiphu Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh were also laid. They will provide all-weather connectivity to Tawang and other areas boosting tourism and other economic activities in the region.

The J&K region is also seeing developmental projects like never before.

India infrastructure projects

Apat from the above mentioned tunnels, the Zozila tunnel being built will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar valley and the Ladakh plateau bringing socio-cultural integration to the region. Not just this, about ₹40 billion will also be saved by the re-modeled plan for the said tunnel.

The government has been steadfast and committed towards all these Infrastructural Development project completions, notwithstanding any stumbling blocks, be it the mammoth COVID crisis. The work culture seems to have undergone a sea change under the present government with projects being cleared on need-based requirements digitally and swiftly. These upcoming building projects are spearheading growth and economic development. The NIFTY and Sensex boom gives a spectacle display to this. The bull run is rising high with new strides in commerce and business. India is in the race of becoming a global superpower. With the infrastructure laurels in its hat, racing ahead in vaccine development as well, there is no field where India lags behind today. Good days are finally here overshadowing the pandemic scare.

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By Richa Agarwal

A computer engineer by education, a news analyst by passion. I also make courses for UPSC aspirants and can sometime be found working at grass roots with district administration towards tribal development.

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