‘India needs $1 trillion for new roads, ports, airports’

‘India needs $1 trillion for new roads, ports, airports’

New Delhi: Terming infrastructure building as a “major challenge”, GoI Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has said the country requires USD 1 trillion for the development of new roads, ports and airports over the next few years.
Upgrading infrastructure is a major challenge for policy makers of the Asia’s third largest economy and India needs about USD 1 trillion (about Rs 67,00,000 crore) for new roads, ports and airports over the next few years, Gadkari said at the inaugural edition of Rajya Sabha Television’s new flagship programme ‘Spotlight’.
He said the NDA government is set to transform India’s infrastructure and added there is no dearth of funds for this priority area.
“Money is not a problem, mentality is. Unfortunately we have a demoralised bureaucracy,” Gadkari said.
Confident of removing bureaucratic hurdles in the way of road projects, the minister said companies in the sector are victims of the government’s indecisiveness and the need for multiple approvals.
He said the government had several rounds of discussions with bankers and contractors to clarify issues relating to land acquisition and project approval.
“In the next five years we are going to change the infrastructure of this country. I know my work, I am doing it,” he added.
Building of infrastructure will add 2 percent to the India’s GDP growth, said the minister.
Gadkari said his ministry is working on a target of 30 km of new roads per day by March 31 besides working towards achieving an ambitious target of 100 km a day.
On the forthcoming Budget, the minister said he is expecting an increased allocation for his ministry to speed up road construction.
He said the ministry expected additional Rs 15-20,000 crore in the Budget for 2016-17, over the current year’s outlay of Rs 45,000 crore.

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