In the first Budget of the second term of the Modi-led government, the focus should be on the unfinished agenda for transport infrastructure — ensuring safety for all users, particularly road, sustainability and growth.
Infrastructure fuels economy, driving up the demand for materials including coal, steel and cement. It also creates jobs and has wider economic benefits for users.
Deaths on road
India is a large country, several parts of which are well connected by wide roads, and several parts of which are yet to have good quality roads. But, a large number of people in the country — almost 1.5 lakh — lose their life due to road accidents.
In this context, it would be interesting to see where road safety figures in the Budget. Several agencies, including SaveLife Foundation, an NGO in the road safety zone, and SP Singh, Senior Fellow Read More