Over the last few years, there have been continuous incidents of collapsing old constructions in India. As per data by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), more than 14,000 people have died from 2010 to 2015 due to dilapidated building collapses. At an average, 2,700 people lose their lives in different structural breakdowns every year.
Good roads, railways, ports and adequate power are prerequisites of sustainable development. With that in view, the Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2012-2017) aims to increase investment in infrastructure as a percentage of GDP to 9 per cent by 2017
The Planning Commission (infrastructure) has recently confirmed that the investment in infrastructure would rebound in the next five-six months. Majority of the work has been done in the past few months and most of the issues have been addressed.
A report by the Planning Commission says that the Indian Government is spending Rs 21,700 crore on maintaining roads every year. This includes 3.5 lakh km of roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and non PMGSY of 25.2 lakh km.
In the year 2000, the Union government launched the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) to connect India’s smaller villages to nearby towns, all through the country. The ministry of rural development has been in charge of the scheme, with the Planning Commission playing its usual role.
Gajendra Haldea, Advisor, Infrastructure, Planning Commission, stated categorically at Construction World Leadership Summit, in Delhi, that, " the target of US$ 1 trillion investment into infrastructure will not be achieved," thus putting at rest all speculation as to how GDP growth target of the twelfth plan will be met.