Infrastructure has emerged as one of the prominent focus areas for the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre. In the last three years, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has ventured into several new projects spanning diverse ministries. Many of these projects are expected to be completed within the next two years, just as the government finishes its tenure.
The government’s attention on the infrastructure sector is evident in the decisions taken during the Union Cabinet meeting held on May 17. Several major projects, including highways and railways, were given a nod during the meet.
In addition, last month, the Prime Minister held a meeting with senior officials of the infrastructure-related ministries and Niti Aayog, wherein he directed them to adhere to the deadlines and ensure better coordination among the ministries.
DNA lists some of the government’s major achievements in the infrastructure sector.
The government is confident that by August 15 this year, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPH) would be ready for inauguration. The 135km access-controlled highway, passing through Kondli, Ghaziabad, and Palwal, will decongest Delhi by up to 50 per cent by diverting the traffic headed to other states.
The Chenani-Nashri tunnel on the Jammu-Kashmir highway, which cuts short the time taken to cover the distance between the two regions by two hours, was inaugurated last month. The 9.15km Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the Brahmaputra river in Assam near the China border will be inaugurated by Modi on May 26. Longest in India, this bridge will amp up the defence arrangements on the Indo-China border. Read More…