India’s laggard states need a bigger infrastructure push

India’s laggard states need a bigger infrastructure push

From expressways in Uttar Pradesh to road tunnels in Jammu and Kashmir, large infrastructure projects are showcased by state governments as examples of development politics. Have these efforts been successful in bridging the infrastructure gap between Indian states?

A look at the changes in the Mint state infrastructure index between 2005-06 and 2014-15 shows that poor infrastructure continues to be a characteristic feature of India’s laggard states.

The Mint state infrastructure index—a proprietary index of the newspaper is based on the availability of road, rail and air transport; telecom facilities; and electricity for households.

The Mint state infrastructure index—a proprietary index of the newspaper—is based on the availability of road, rail and air transport; telecom facilities; and electricity for households. The parameters taken to measure these are length of railway lines per thousand square kilometres, length of roads per hundred square kilometres, air passengers per million people, number of telephone connections (landline and mobile) per hundred people and percentage of electrified households. Data for electrified households has been taken from various rounds of the National Family and Health Survey, while other statistics have been taken for Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy’s (CMIE) database, the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MOSPI) and the Economic Surveys of states.Read More…

 

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