Building Better Infrastructure for Better Lives

Published By : Admin | April 13, 2014 | 18:10 IST

‘We should take Urbanisation as an opportunity & not a threat’

Narendra Modi

Today, India faces a crisis of inadequate & crumbling Infrastructure. Due to a lack of proper planning, most of our roads are congested & public transport is not efficient enough. Also the critical element of public spaces for recreation is missing in most of our cities. An imbalance in the planning & the rate at which demand is rising is playing an important role in the woes experienced in most towns & cities.

The current UPA government has failed to make any positive intervention to ease the infrastructure crunch faced by our country today & has failed to moved beyond the thought process of viewing things only from the perspective of setting up committees. Much focus has been put on outlays of the projects, while outcomes are often dismal.

In contrast, it was the Atal Bihari Vajpayee led NDA Government which catalyzed a revolution in terms of infrastructure. Some of his achievements are:

  • NDA constructed 50% of the highways in the last 30 years in it’s 5 year rule
  • Golden Quadrilateral of roads
  • National Gram Sadak Yojana: A massive rural road project
  • Envisioned the River Interlinking Project
  • Open Skies Policy & Privatisation & Modernisation of Airports

It is at such a time that Narendra Modi’s vision for infrastructure development offers a panacea to our woes. At the BJP National Council meet in Delhi, Narendra Modi outlined his grand vision for our country which includes:

  • Building 100 new cities
  • Creating Satellite cities around large cities
  • Network of Bullet Trains
  • River Interlinking
  • Water Grids

Watch Narendra Modi’s vision of a New India:

Within a city, there are often some infrastructural elements which can improve the lives of the citizens. These are Efficient Public Transport, Open Public Spaces, Good Roads, etc.

It is these features on which Narendra Modi’s Gujarat Model fares much above other. Here are some features:

Watch how Narendra Modi has transformed the Urban Landscape of Gujarat & built people oriented cities:

Janmarg - Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS):

When you travel on Ahmedabad’s roads, it is difficult to miss Janmarg, the city’s state of the art Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS). In a time when BRTS has failed in various cities, Janmarg has emerged as a case study of how a successful transport system operates to provide affordable, convenient and comfortable transport to the people of Ahmedabad. Janmarg has over 60  The buses are also accessible to people with special needs.

Literally meaning ‘way of the people’, Janmarg, since 2009, has established itself as a transport system that carries the citizens of Ahmedabad in safety & comfort that too in the quickest way possible. Janmarg gives top priority to buses, pedestrians and non-motorized transport and this is achieved by segregating it from the rest of the motorized traffic. While buses run on dedicated lanes at the Centre of the road, cyclists get their own dedicated track and pedestrians get wide footpaths. 

Know more about Janmarg:


Sabarmati Riverfront:

The story of the Sabarmati Riverfront in the last few years is a remarkable story of how a River, which was earlier a dry patch of land better known for children playing cricket or holding circuses, has once again become the pride of Ahmedabad. The Riverfront project encompasses both banks of the Sabarmati for a 10.5 kms stretch, creating approximately 185 hectares of reclaimed land. The project also includes water management system to minimize flooding and clean the Sabarmati with new sewage treatment infrastructure. With the addition of a walkway and rides, the Riverfront has emerged as a favourite spot for the people of Ahmedabad to unwind after a hard day at work.

Know more: And happily flows the Sabarmati…read the story of the Sabarmati’s phenomenal transformation and the making of the Riverfront here.


Kankaria Lake Development Project

Located in the heart of Ahmedabad, the Kankaria Lake is one of the most visited spots in the city. However, the development in the lake could not keep pace with the increasing number of people frequenting it. Under Shri Modi’s leadership the Kankaria Lakefront Project has revamped the entire area, making it into a world class spot that has drawn people from all over the world. Attractions at Kankaria include the Atal Express, the Kid’s City, Sandstone Mural to depict Gujarat’s history and the ever popular Kankaria Carnival every December.

Know about the grandeur of Kankaria Lake Development Project


Surat Municipal Corporation’s Outer Ring Road project 

With increasing urbanisation and greater stress on the physical infrastructure of urban spaces, the need for expansion and innovation becomes extremely urgent. This is where Surat has shown the way vis-à-vis the Outer Ring Road project. Under the model, Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA) have jointly come up with the model to generate about Rs 11,960 crore from the development of proposed road over five years. This will mean that these bodies would get the entire project cost of Rs 5,796 crore. The additional revenue can be used for projects such as high-speed transit system.

This project has been showcased as model project for infrastructure development by the Centre. 

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Vadodara’s State of the Art Central Bus Terminus

In February 2014, Shri Modi inaugurated the airport like bus terminus in Vadodara, the first bus terminal of international standard in India. The station is built on PPP model and encapsulates the history of Vadodara depicted through Photographs and Paintings around the walls of the Bus Station. Shri Narendra Modi walked the talk with his unique style of thinking addressing bus drivers in 2012 when he said, “Why state transport bus stations should not be like airport complexes when more people use ST stations compared to airport terminals?” Vadodara Central Bus Station stands tall among all bus stations across India providing a unique example of out of the box thinking.

The terminal has a supermarket, shopping mall, multiplex, restaurant and food court, commercial offices, and a budget hotel on the premise.

Take a journey through the flamboyant bus terminus in pictures

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"Building Atmanirbhar Bharat Through Comprehensive Job Creation"
February 24, 2024

One of the most effective pathways of aspirational and practical self-actualization for citizens of a nation is employment generation at scale and expanse. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been cognizant of this need and has moved the needle comprehensively so that job creation today is happening across the spectrum: in the formal and informal sectors, through direct and indirect opportunities, in conventional and unconventional fields, and via self-employment and the opening up of multiple avenues for gigs, start-ups and novel entrepreneurship.

Government Initiatives
If on the one hand, Bharat is seeing the exponential growth in the number of start-ups and a conducive environment has made it one that has the largest number of unicorns, on the other hand a record number of Mudra loans sanctioned have fuelled unprecedented women-led growth, and the Agniveer scheme that aims to recruit youth into the Armed services has seen adoption in record numbers. According to a Harvard University research, India is among the top quartile of fastest-growing countries till 2029 and is undergoing a historic transition towards becoming a more formalized and technologically advanced, digitally evolved nation.

In the three years between 2017-18 and 2020-21, total employment increased by 8.4 crore which is a manifestation of several key factors such as demonetisation, rationalisation of taxes, the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), digital inclusivity and digitisation of financial transactions, inclusion of skill development and vocational training in the National Education Policy, increasing the number of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), a fillip to the hitherto marginalized segments such as rural and tribal populace, and effective incentivization for a highly labour dominant unorganized sector. An example is how PM Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi), has benefitted more than 56 lakh rehri or street vendors from June 2020 to November 2023.

Immense positive impact can be seen in the nation’s formal employment sector. India is the 5th largest economy in the world with 1.12 crore net additional employment created between 2015 to 2018. This is a result of the confluence of progressive, pro-industry policy decisions, leveraging of advancements in technology, reforms to ease business investment, and a focus on skilling. An example of how this translates on the ground is that with the PM MUDRA Yojana More than 15 crore people have been employed in the MSME sector out of which 3.4 crore are women.

In the IT Industry alone, around 20 lakh people have been employed between 2013-14 and 2021-22. Indirectly, about 6.24 crore jobs were created between 2014 and 2019 in India’s digital economy. When it comes to a boost in employment generation across sectors, let’s take the example of tourism – a revamped and increasingly attractive tourism and hospitality industry led to 1.9 crore indirect jobs being created in the tourism sector between 2017 and 2020. The overhaul in the hospitality sector has led to the creation of many such jobs directly, and indirectly; India is among the most visited countries in the world and has been experiencing a growing influx of tourists. This has led to business incentivization and a boost to local artisans, transport providers, and hotels and restaurants within the larger hospitality service industry. In Air transport alone, for every Rs. 100/- invested in the sector, 610 indirect jobs are generated.

Infromal Sectors
The winds of change can also be seen in the disruptive as well as informal sectors. Providing security and stability to the unconventional health and wellness, since 2014, about 5.65 lakh practitioners have been provided employment under Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, and Homoeopathy (AYUSH). The introduction of several new reforms, an increase in FDI, which have further helped in improving the ‘ease of doing business’ along with low data costs, improvised processes and ready adoption have created a thriving new ecosystem for employment – the gig and platform economy. Gig-economy jobs grew year-on-year by 13% and over 29.20 crore people have registered so far on the E-Shram portal. From 2016 to May 2022, ‘Hunar Haat’ has created employment avenues for over 10.5 lakh artisans and talented Vishwakarmas.

The continuing chain of beneficiaries in the government’s Gati shakti model include processes that act as catalysts for indirect job creation in sectors such as transport, logistics, mobility, food, consumer goods and manufacturing products. Up to 2021-22, 53,696 km of roadways were created which generated 21.8 crore man-days of employment. As mentioned before, round 6 crore people employed in unorganized sector between 2017-18 and 2019-20 have benefited from the SVANidhi Yojana – making PM Modi’s vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas aur Sabka Prayas a quintessential facet of employment for all.

People-first policies such as the flagship program for equitable housing, the PM Awas has created 2.39 crore indirect jobs up to 2022. Another great example of the ripple effect of employment generation can be seen in the form of Production Linked Incentive (PLI) schemes which enable the expansion of existing industries into larger ones, while promoting the creation of new ones. As an example, 5 lakh incremental jobs have been created in the mobile manufacturing sector due to PLI. As per the Economic Survey 2023, PLI schemes are slated to create 60 lakh jobs. In addition, India’s fintech adoption rate of 87% as against the world average of 64% has enabled the creation of an ecosystem that is touching the lives and livelihoods of all – including the self-employed and small business owners.

To this end, Rozgar Melas that aim to provide 10 lakh jobs in less than two years, and that meld employment opportunities and unique talent have been a boon for the economy. Rozgar Mela is a key step towards the fulfilment of the commitment to accord the highest priority to employment generation in the country. On 12th February, 2024, PM Modi distributed more than 1 lakh appointment letters to newly inducted recruits and also lay the foundation stone of Phase I of the Integrated Complex “Karmayogi Bhavan” to promote collaboration and synergy amongst various pillars of Mission Karmayogi. “Rozgar Melas are playing a crucial role in enhancing the contribution of our Yuva Shakti in nation building”, said PM Modi. Rozgar Mela will be held at 47 locations across the country this year with recruitments taking place across central government departments and state governments/UTs supporting this initiative. These melas ascribe gainful opportunities to the youth, the Amrit Generation, and create pathways for their direct participation in national development. Similarly, under the Prime Ministers Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), over 43.77 lakh people have got employment and the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) has led to the placement of over 24.51 lakh candidates.

As policy making becomes efficient, so do its representative tools; more than 19.9 lakh people have been placed in jobs through employment exchanges between 2017-2022. The government has incessantly been taking many measures to tackle unemployment issues and stem the unemployment rate. The Amrit generation is benefitting from a multi-pronged approach; if on the one hand, Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI), has benefitted around 2.94 lakh from 2014-15 to December 2022, on the other hand, over 1.80 lakh new job-creators and entrepreneurs are now operating under the Stand-Up India scheme.

New India – Naya Bharat – is one that thrives on a developed mindset with the aim of making the country Atmanirbhar, and a Vishwa Mitra – one the world leans on. As an example of this commitment, in the current financial year, Khadi has achieved a historic milestone by generating over 9.54 lakh new jobs. Be it our push towards renewable energy, creating a decarbonized energy sector which ranks India is 4th globally or the reduction of unemployment rate in rural areas, (decreased from 5.3% in 2017-18 to 2.4% in 2022-23) the commitment of PM Modi’s government to decisively mitigate unemployment stays foremost.

A spurt in the employment index is predicated on employment mobility to higher productivity jobs, rising job rates in secondary and tertiary sectors, promotion of women as economic catalysts and the increased formalisation of the unorganized, informal sector. PM Modi’s government has consistently come good on all the parameters which is the reason why milestone, upon milestone, Bharat’s journey towards becoming Atmanirbhar and the world’s third largest economy, is only a matter of time.