Signals mixed on Recovery Road
Traffic is crawling back and with it, the recovery prospects of the roads sector. July 2020
The multi-modal logistics parks are being planned as centres of freight aggregation with warehousing, cold storage and other facilities. These parks will be built on the National Highway outside cities, as this will help reduce traffic congestion as well as pollution. Work has already begun for setting up logistics parks at Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Vijaywada, Surat and Guwahati.
Furthermore, under the Sagarmala programme, 14 coastal economic zones have been planned.
This is in addition to the 111 waterways that are being developed as National Waterways; river Ganga, Brahmaputra and Barak are already under development. Further, the efficiency of the 12 major ports has been growing rapidly, and dry ports are being developed at Jalna, Vidarbha and Nasik to begin with. Also, apart from the development of road and water transport infrastructure, the government is prioritising development of micro or drip irrigation in the water deficient regions of the country. Thirteen river linking projects are on the anvil, of which, three will be achieved within three months.