The construction of roads in India: an ambitious but necessary project

The construction of roads in India: an ambitious but necessary project

Sep 19, 2014

India is home to the second largest road network in the world. However, despite the quantity, the country lacks in quality road infrastructure. This article discusses the measures introduced by the newly elected BJP government, through the EPC and BOT model and ponders the pros and cons of both models. As per records of the year 2013, the Indian road network is...

Puducherry to receive much needed traffic overhaul

Puducherry to receive much needed traffic overhaul

Aug 27, 2014

On average, 1500 road accidents have been reported every year in Puducherry for the last five years. In order to tackle the region’s traffic congestion issues, the government has decided to evolve a strategy through the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS) for safe transportation. The proposed action plan can prove to be an effective...

NHAI to make MCA more flexible

NHAI to make MCA more flexible

Aug 15, 2014

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is trying to get the Finance Ministry to modify the existing Model Concession Agreement (MCA). An official in the road ministry said, “The MCA as it stands now needs to change in terms of its fundamental structure in order to allow renegotiation and other flexibilities. The ministry should be delegated the...

More power to the NHAI

More power to the NHAI

Aug 12, 2014

The new government has released a scathing attack on the previous UPA regime’s mismanagement of the road sector. Knowing that a robust transport sector is a key to the country’s progress, it has apparently been paid scant attention so far accused Gadkari’s ministry. The white paper said that the UPA let the ‘autonomous character of NHAI...

The challenges faced by the new government: Road Safety

The challenges faced by the new government: Road Safety

Jul 24, 2014

You only need to look at the statistics; with 1.4 million road crashes reported every year, and roughly 300 people dying every day in car accidents, the safety on India’s roads has long been a point of fierce contention for both its people and its government. The recent death of Gopinath Munde, the country’s Union rural development minister, has led...

Modi government all gung ho about road projects

Modi government all gung ho about road projects

Jul 22, 2014

Narendra Modi has certainly taken the country by storm with his party winning by a whopping majority to form the government at the Centre. Caught in an economic slowdown, the country is eagerly looking toward a new dawn ushering in progress on all fronts. The BJP government will have to bring a budget that is fiscally prudent—austere yet...