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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PM Modi’s Vision Fuels Delhi’s Development
April 12, 2024

“Delhi has the good fortune to get an opportunity of keeping the flag of nations' prestige flying high.”
- PM Narendra Modi as Delhi prepared to host the G20 Summit

The last ten years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government have set in motion the creation of a New India—from rural to urban, from water to electricity, from houses to health, from education to employment, from castes to classes—a comprehensive plan bringing growth and prosperity to each doorstep.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi has emerged as a pivotal part of this dynamic developmental momentum spearheaded by PM Modi throughout this transformative decade.

The city has been at the heart of the infrastructural shift that has given a dedicated facelift to the entire nation. Today infrastructural marvels like Atal Setu, Chenab Bridge, Statue of Unity, and Zojila Tunnel dot India’s ever-evolving landscape.

With its focus on revamping transportation networks, upgrading urban amenities, and expanding digital infrastructure, the Modi government has launched an array of transformative initiatives. From railways, highways to airports, these initiatives have been key in galvanising inclusive and sustainable development across the length and breadth of the country.

The impressive expansion of the metro rail network has revolutionised urban commuting in India. From a mere 5 cities in 2014, the metro rail network now serves 21 cities across the nation—expanding from 248 km in 2014 to 945 km by 2024, with 919 km of lines under construction in 26 additional cities.

The Union Cabinet has recently approved two new corridors of Delhi Metro Phase-IV—Lajpat Nagar to Saket G-Block and Inderlok to Indraprastha. Both the lines have a combined length of over 20 kms with a project cost of over Rs. 8,000 crore (funding being sourced from the Union Govt, Govt of Delhi, and international agencies). The Inderlok- Indraprastha line will play a significant role in enhancing connectivity to the Bahadurgarh region of Haryana. Additionally, India’s first Namo Bharat train, operating on the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor further underlines the Modi government’s commitment to enhancing regional connectivity and upgrading its transportation infrastructure.

Further, the Bharatmala Pariyojana envisages improved logistics efficiency and connectivity via the development of nearly 35,000 km of National Highway corridors. 25 greenfield high-speed corridors have been planned under the plan out of which four intersect with Delhi’s growing infra capacity: Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, Delhi-Saharanpur-Dehradun Expressway, and the Urban Extension Road-II. The total project length sanctioned for Delhi is 203 km with an allocation of over Rs. 18,000 crore.

Over the past decade, the Modi government has consistently dedicated efforts towards augmenting capacity and decongestion of airports. After the IGI Airport Delhi became the first airport in the country to have four runways and an elevated taxiway, the expanded state-of-the-art Terminal 1 has also been inaugurated recently. In addition, the upcoming Noida International Airport (Jewar) shall further contribute to decongestion of the Delhi airport which is serving millions of passengers annually.

Besides, the inauguration of the New Parliament has further added civilisational yet modern connotations to the city’s landscape. Inauguration of the Yashobhoomi (India International Convention & Expo Centre) has given Delhi India’s largest convention and exhibition centre, offering a mixed purpose tourism experience. Along with Yashobhoomi, the Bharat Mandapam, a world-class convention and exhibition centre, showcases India to the world.

In terms of welfare, the Modi government has launched several schemes benefitting people hitherto on the margins of growth and development. Women’s safety in Delhi has been a key concern. To address the same, the Modi government strengthened the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 by increasing the quantum of punishment for rape, including capital punishment for rape of a girlchild below the age of 12.

The Union Home Ministry established a separate Women Safety Division back in 2018. One-stop centers, Sakhi Niwas, Safe City Project, Nirbhaya Fund, SHe-Box, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences, and Cri-MAC (Crime Multi-Agency Center) among others are significant additions in the government’s campaign towards women safety.

In addition, Swachh Bharat Mission, PM Ujjwala Yojana, PM Matru Vandana Yojana, and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao have further led to the empowerment of Nari Shakti in India.

As India becomes the 3rd largest startup ecosystem in the world, Delhi is also contributing significantly towards this development. Today over 13,000 DPIIT-recognised startups are functioning in Delhi even as the government is promoting self-employment through PM MUDRA Yojana with over 2.3 lakh loans sanctioned worth over Rs. 3,000 crore for FY2023-24 (as on 26.01.2024).

PM SVANidhi, which provides collateral free loans to street vendors, is supporting over 1.67 lakh beneficiaries in Delhi. Further, under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana, launched in 2020 to incentivise employers for creation of new employment and restoration of loss of employment during Covid-19 pandemic, over 2.2 lakh employees benefitted in Delhi.

Further, nearly 30,000 houses have been sanctioned and completed in Delhi under PM Awas Yojana (Urban).

Air pollution has been a recurring problem for the people of Delhi. Conscious of this reality, the central government has launched the National Clean Air Programme as a national level strategy to reduce air pollution level across the country.

The Modi government's tenure over the last decade has brought about a remarkable transformation in Delhi across various fronts. From infrastructure development to governance reforms, from education to employment, the government's initiatives have left an indelible mark on the capital city. As Delhi continues on its journey of progress and development, the contributions of the Modi government are set to shape its future trajectory for years to come.