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State of Indian Roads
Length of Roads in India
Indian road network of 33 lakh Km is second largest in the world
About 65% of freight and 80% passenger traffic is carried by the roads. National Highways constitute only about 1.7% of the road network but carry about 40% of the total road traffic. The nNumber of vehicles has been growing at an average pace of 10.16% per annum over the last five years.
Top 5 states with major share of highways are UP, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Ap. On the other hand, top 5 states with least share of highways are Goa, Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram
Following are the policy initiatives to attract private investment
- Government to carry out all preparatory work including land acquisition and utility removal.
- Capital grant up to 40% of project cost to enhance viability on a case to case basis
- 100% tax exemption for 5 years and 30% relief for next 5 years, which may be availed of in 20 years.
- Concession period allowed up to 30 years
- Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 based on UNICITRAL provisions.
- Entrepreneurs are allowed to collect and retain tolls in BOT projects
- Duty free import of specified modern high capacity equipment for highway construction
- Projects < 500 Cr to be awarded by highways secretary, 500-1000 Cr by road transport and highways minister, only projects >1000 Cr need Union cabinet approval.
Time taken to complete a project is on an average 2-2.5 years
Funding Mechanism: The financial arrangement for the development of GQ and the corridors has been made as:
- Cess Rs 20,000 Cr
- World Bank/Asian Development Bank Loan Assistance Rs 20,000 Cr
- Market Borrowings Rs 12,000 Cr
- Private Sector Rs 6,000 Cr
- Total Rs 58,000 Cr ($ 12.6 Bn)
Two Key projects worth mentioning are:
- Golden Quadrilateral which includes 5,846 Kms connecting Delhi-Kolkata-Chennai-Mumbai
- NSEW Corridors which includes 7,300 Kms connecting Kashmir to Kanyakumari including Salem to Cochin Spur and Silchar to Porbandar
The pace of awards and construction of projects definitely quickened after the NDA government coming to power. A record 16,271 Cr worth projects were awarded in FY17. The rate of construction has almost doubled from just 11 km/day in 2011-12 to over 22km/day in 2016-17. Though this was much lesser than the target 30 ms/day by the govt but still commendable. The target for FY18 is 40 km/day. With the government's focus on infrastructure, it certainly augurs well for infrastructure companies in the coming years.
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The sudden announcement of government to discontinue the use of 500 and 1000 denomination notes w.e.f 8th November midnight was received with applause as well as criticism by many. This demonetisation exercise is not only a big but also a bold step to erode the parallel black money economy that has ailed Indian economy for decades. Many have their concerns around the efficacy of this measure in long term. Yes, it is a step which flushes out black money in a flash and is not sustainable in long run but right now the sentiment in India topples towards “some step is better than no step”. It is also being accepted that FY ending March’17 may show a dip in our GDP growth . In this article, we are discussing “Demonetisation” as a measure and its pros and cons. Thereafter we will move onto its impact on various economic and industrial sectors of India.Read More
On the fateful night of 8th Nov 2016, the Indian government announced that the 500 and 1000 rupee note will cease to be a legal tender with immediate effect. This announcement caught everyone by surprise and impacted over 86% of the currency in circulation. Never in the history of India was a demonetisation exercise carried out at such a massive scale. In this article, we examine the impact of demonetisation on RBI's balance sheet and then we look at the short-term impact on Indian economy.Read More
While the media, industry and general public has been taken on by the on-stage drama that unfolded with GST bill getting passed, very silent and revolutionary reforms have been shaping at the backstage as well! These amendments and reforms would yield long term result and strengthen our economy at the core. They may not immediately affect the common man as yet, but a thriving economy with strong fundamentals would, at a later date. So here are five silent reforms, present government has made that we think are going to make a huge difference in the future.Read More