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India requires USD 1 trillion for new roads, ports, airports

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Terming infrastructure building as a “major challenge”, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said the country requires USD 1 trillion for the development of new roads, ports and airports over the next few years.

Upgrading infrastructure is a major challenge for policy makers of the Asia’s third largest economy and India needs about USD 1 trillion (about Rs 67,00,000 crore) for new roads, ports and airports over the next few years, Gadkari said at the inaugural edition of Rajya Sabha Television’s new flagship programme ‘Spotlight’.

He said the NDA government is set to transform India’s infrastructure and added there is no dearth of funds for this priority area.

“Money is not a problem, mentality is. Unfortunately we have a demoralised bureaucracy,” Gadkari said.

Confident of removing bureaucratic hurdles in the way of road projects, the minister said companies in the sector are victims of the government’s indecisiveness and the need for multiple approvals.

He said the government had several rounds of discussions with bankers and contractors to clarify issues relating to land acquisition and project approval.

“In the next five years we are going to change the infrastructure of this country. I know my work, I am doing it,” he added.

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