The draft Indian Ports Bill, 2020, has many positives, but it should safeguard state autonomy and plug holes. The wish list is for an act that will make India’s coastline future-ready – safe harbours, unimpeded access, water deep enough for the largest vessels, no risk of noise, dirt and danger associated with loading and unloading...
Stakeholders harp on the government's infrastructure push and expect construction orders of Rs.18 trillion in the next six years. This order inflow volume should support 12 to 15 per cent of industry-level execution of compound annual growth rate (CAGR).
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.
The moot question is whether good intent has been accompanied by careful planning.
It was always going to be a difficult job. Roads development, battered and bruised by a heavy load of projects awarded in the recent past, remained stalled for various reasons ranging from land acquisition and bureaucratic red tape to a lack of accountability and transparency in the bidding process.