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1.Over 40 km of roads to be laid per day!

Roads have emerged as the dominant part of the transport system in India. However, if one goes to the rural and hilly regions of India, the road conditions are still pathetic.

2.Govt targets giving contracts for 25,000 km roads in FY17

The Roads Ministry has increased the target for awarding projects by 2.5 times to 25,000 km for the ongoing fiscal.

3.Roads construction fast tracked in Northeast border

To fast-track road construction in the Northeast and border areas, the government launched National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL), known as the first ´e-PSU´ using IT solutions.

4.About Rs.32,500 crore has been committed to the water and sanitation sector in India

Japan´s partnership with India spans nearly 60 years. The country´s ODA to India started in 1958, when a concessionary ODA loan of Ñ18 billion was extended to supplement the implementation of the Second Five-Year Plan, at the request of the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

5.Newsmakers 2015

The year 2015 started with an informal assessment of the performance of the Narendra Modi government, which announced a host of initiatives such as upping the ´ease of doing business´ quotient in India, Make in India, Digital India, Smart Cities and Housing for All.

6.Rs 500 crore approved for development of West Bengal’s Sagar Port project

To make the development of the proposed Sagar Port project in West Bengal financially viable, a grant of Rs 515 crore has been given in principle approval by the government. This is part of the continuous efforts by the Ministry of Shipping during the last two years for the development of this port.

7.Growth Momentum

The large land mass of the country, with widely varying topographical features across mountain regions, deserts, alluvial riverine deposits and rocky hill regions sloping into the surrounding seas, presents challenges to the planners in providing adequate transportation corridors for connecting the population spread all over,

8.Can the Budget bring the mojo back?

Demonetisation has dealt a body blow to the economy whether we like it or not. It has delayed the uptick in the economy by a minimum of several quarters. The informal economy is in tatters and the business outlook is glum.

9.Expanding Earth, But Gaps Remain

Construction equipment recorded a 28 per cent increase in sales in 2016 while the earthmoving segment witnessed faster-paced growth as a result of expansion in certain infrastructure segments.

10.PUBLIC SPENDING | Growth Accelerator

It is known - and recognised - that the Indian economy is one of the fastest growing in the world. However, for this growth to sustain, the infrastructure sector needs acceleration at a much faster pace. With this in mind, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated Rs 396,135 crore for the infrastructure sector in this year´s Budget, up 10 per cent from the previous year.