Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has promised more road projects worth Rs 50,000 crore to Arunachal Pradesh that will include a 1841-km frontier highway along the stateÂ’s international boundary with China.
In what could be the first fund-raising exercise through Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs), toll road builder IRB Infrastructure Developers is planning to raise Rs 5,000-6,000 crore and is expected to file the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) within a month.
At 4.87 million km, India has the second largest road network in the world. Transporting over 60 per cent of the countryÂ´s goods and serving 85 per cent of total passenger traffic, it is little wonder the Modi Government has accorded the highest priority to developing roads and highways.
After a hiatus in 2014, there are emerging signs of takers for PPP projects in some of the sectors, including ports. Baring some shortcomings, PPPs have achieved resonable success rate. However, it is too early to say that they have been a grand success.