The infrastructure sector is the backbone of the Indian economy and its importance cannot be stressed enough. The government of India has earmarked 20 per cent of the investment of $1 trillion reserved for infrastructure in the Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2012-17) to develop the country's roads; this is about 10 per cent of the GDP up from 7.6 per cent in the previous plan.
Over the years, this powerhouse has emerged as a leading surface transportation infrastructure company and is widely recognised as the pioneer of public partnership in India's surface transportation sector.
Safety has been the paramount consideration for India's longest tunnel. Now at 9 km - reducing the journey by 31 km - the recently completed Chenani-Nashri Tunnel serves as an all-weather connection between the Kashmir Valley and Jammu. The road to completion had its share of rough patches, though.