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In this extensive interview to INFRASTRUCTURE TODAY, he says that it is entirely up to the Railways on how it would like to leverage its unique position as the country’s most inclusive transporter.
The total length of operational metro projects in India presently stands at about 440 km and is growing. Cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurugram, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) where they are already operational, are simultaneously adding on to their existing route networks.
After liberalisation, the government´s primary focus was on reducing the fiscal deficit to restore macroeconomic stability, reforming trade and exchange rate policies and liberalising foreign investment policy. Infrastructure was never a growth constraint in the short term, considering the low utilisation of the existing infrastructure then.
A stronger thrust on PPP projects, greater FDI and steady government support can help Indian Railways, one of the world´s largest rail networks, emerge from the rut.
Long term financing has been ailing the infrastructure sector making alternate non-banking financing options like Infrastructure Debt Funds (IDFs) more viable. Rahul Kamat and Garima Pant explore the IDF environment in India. The yawning infrastructure gap in the country is seeking closure to unleash its locked growth potential.