Right from day one, NDA Government’s push to infrastructure has been evident. Be it Railways, Roads, or Shipping the Government is focusing on augmenting the infrastructure to aid in connectivity.
For the first time, the Railway budget focused on structural reforms and infrastructure changes. Announcement of new trains, which used to be an annual political gimmick has now become a routine activity. Numerous passenger-friendly amenities like Wi-fi on railway stations, passenger helpline (138), security helpline (182), paperless unreserved ticketing, e-catering, mobile security app and CCTV cameras for safety of women, etc have been launched. Railways as will act as a locomotive of the economy &connecting mines, coasts, etc. High speed bullet train for Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor has been planned. Feasibility study of New Delhi – Chennai route is underway.
1,983 km of railway lines have been commissioned and 1,375 km of railway electrification has been completed this year which is the best ever performance.6 new pilgrim trains have been launched and Katra line opened for travel to Vaishno Devi.
In the roads sector, stalled road projects have been debottlenecked, long-pending contracting disputes resolved & unviable projects aborted. A transformative project called Bharat Mala has been started for construction of roads along India’s borders & coastal areas. Toll fee collection at 62 toll plazas has been discontinued for enhanced convenience of commuters. Highway projects awarded has registered more than 120% increase over last year. No of roads constructed through Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana has also registered a major increase.
India is also taking rapid strides in the shipping sector under NDA Government. The Sagarmala Project will ensure comprehensive port–led development through development of vibrant coastal communities. The Growth rate of cargo throughput in ports doubled from 4% to 8% this year. Highest ever annual capacity addition of 71 MTPA was recorded. MoU has been signed with Iran for strategic development of Chahabahar Port and access to Afghanistan and Central Asian states. Jal Marg Vikas Project has been launched for promoting transportation and inland waterways down the Ganga.
Rapid progress is happening in civil aviation sector too. Construction of new integrated terminal buildings in Mohali, Tirupati and Khajurahoare at completion stage. Terminals at Kadappa and Bikaner have been completed. Up-gradation of airports at Hubli, Belgaum, Kishangarh, Tezu and Jharsuguda commenced to promote regional connectivity. India's International Aviation Safety Audit (IASA) upgraded by FAA to a higher safety rating, enabling more flights.
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