Important catalyst – The Hitavada

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By ANSHUMAN BHARGAVA:

The impetus for improving and strengthening the road infrastructure in the country through the aggressive construction of highways can also be a support system for the tourism industry, as more people will use these roads for ease of travel. that they offer.

It goes without saying that in today’s world fast and secure communication is the key to development, whether digital or physical. While we have made progress in the digital space, when it comes to road infrastructure up to international standards, we have always lagged behind.

UNION Minister Nitin Gadkari recently inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for around 35 major road projects in the MP, totaling 1,530 km and worth around Rs 11,311 crore. Paving the way for the development of PD, these roads will improve connectivity, convenience and economic growth in and around the state. The movement of people and goods to and from Madhya Pradesh state will also improve dramatically, especially with neighboring states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, etc. Improved roads will save time and fuel and reduce pollutant emissions. In addition, these projects will decongest the roads and cities on the way, contributing to a better road experience. The impetus for improving and strengthening the road infrastructure in the country through the aggressive construction of highways can also be a support system for the tourism industry, as more people will use these roads for ease of travel. that they offer.

Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari said, the length of the NH in the state is 13,248 km today, up from just 5,186 km in 2014. He said development work worth Rs 1,25,000 crore is underway in Madhya Pradesh. Up to 60 to 70 percent of the works were completed for road works worth around 30,000 crore in the state. He said several of these roads are important for providing connectivity to tourist spots and remote / remote areas of the state. The minister announced that by 2023, development work worth Rs 50,000 crore should be completed. The Minister further informed that the works had already started on the Delhi-Mumbai eight-lane controlled access highway, with a length of 1,260 km, of which 244 km with 8 lanes will be built in Madhya Pradesh at a cost. of 8,214 crore rupees. He said the works have already been awarded for the MP section of this highway, which will pass through the Ramganj Mandi, Garoth, Jawra and Ratlam regions of Malwa region, and Thandla (Jhabua). He said a 173 km long 4-lane road will be built to provide connectivity to the Malwa region from the Delhi-Mumbai highway.

It will go through Indore, Dewas, Ujjain, Agar to Garoth, and the work will be rewarded by December of this year. It goes without saying that in today’s world fast and secure communication is the key to development, whether digital or physical. While we have made progress in the digital space, when it comes to road infrastructure up to international standards, we have always lagged behind. Madhya Pradesh is one of the states with an old legacy of poor roads. In the last six years of the NDA-II government under Prime Minister Modi, the country has seen fundamental growth in this sector – something we have not seen in the last 20 years. It was AB Vajpayee’s government that first took the initiative to expressly build roads and significantly boost connectivity across the country. During his tenure, we came across the concept of Golden Quadrangle, among others, and the process of connecting the four metropolitan cities of the country with a seamless highway was kicked off in a big way.

This step has enabled us to advance light years and accelerate the pace of global development. This ambitious project has paved the way for a multitude of other initiatives of this type and a plethora of important road networks have been put in place to reach further into the country up and down. Prime Minister Modi continued the same process and with the capable leadership and vision of Nitin Gadkari, the dreams came true in no time. Today we can boast that we have one of the best and most extensive road networks in the world. They are safe, well-constructed and smooth pavements that meet global standards. The movement of people and goods has repeatedly increased due to these roads and the delivery of goods and services on the last mile has brought the most remote areas of the country into the mainstream, bringing the benefits of development to the people. doors of millions of people hitherto unserved.

The importance of roads was never taken into account by previous dispensations and despite some work in other areas, road infrastructure was an area that was still uneven work without any long term vision linked to growth. . The technology was outdated, and the roads were twisty, unpredictable, and constructed in an unscientific way, which increased the risk of accidents. In fact, it has never been seen as a possible growth engine, despite the fact that the road is one of the most important catalysts for development. This is one of the reasons why most of the advanced countries mainly focus on establishing a strong communication network through roads and railways. No developed country has poor road and rail connectivity, simply because growth and bad roads cannot coexist. This is what the government realized early on and started working on it on a war footing because we are already late for the bus and if we are not ready to leave on this occasion we will end up losing. .

No major investment will come to India if our infrastructure is dilapidated. Lack of investments and industries would mean fewer job opportunities and less liquidity in the economy, with less income to be consumed with the population. This will lead us into a vicious cycle of less demand and less supply and bleak market prospects – like the constraining 1980s era that we have struggled to ignore. We need to get out of the rut and it was only the urgency shown by Gadkari and PM Modi to reclaim the lost ground that we have seen such rapid expansion of roads in just 6 years – something that had not happened. produced during the last 60 years after Independence. But now is not the time to sit on our laurels and there is still a long way to go to put all corners of the country under a good infrastructure. Corruption needs to be eradicated, land acquisitions and compensation models, which often delay projects, need to be sorted out by states to support the Centre’s vision.

Tenders must be fair and obstacles such as lack of financing must be removed to encourage builders and investors. Courts should also prioritize litigation related to development roadblocks and address issues of early approval and completion of arterial roads and such major infrastructure improvement projects. This is a collective and cooperative effort that all state governments must take seriously and quickly with the cooperation of the Center. We are close to being the best. We have to be better than the best. We must have the best road and rail route, the best model of clean energy production and distribution, the best green belts and the cleanest bodies of water, the best hospitals and schools. By the way, we have made huge strides in space research and science, in the medical sector, in tourism and in software, in the digital revolution and in the green revolution. We are one of the major producers of milk, wheat, rice and tea and several minerals. If we do a little more, together no one can stop us from being the most powerful nation on the planet.


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