India’s Top 10 Construction and Infrastructure Projects to Come
India is a developing nation that houses some of the best talent in the world. It is a large country and is able to keep all its people together through its various connectivity channels. There are roads and trains that connect every small town and village to the larger cities. However, it is amazing to know that its cities are growing and getting more commercial thus demanding more infrastructure.
Better infrastructure means better connections for a growing economy. The Indian government has planned many development projects across the next 10 years and here are a few of them:
1. Narmada Valley Development Project:
This project is budgeted at $30 billion and will be the largest river development scheme. The plan is to build 3000 dams across the river aimed at building the largest ever hydroelectric projects.
2. Navi Mumbai International Airport –
Far from the chaos of Mumbai city, the government is planning to build the international airport in Navi Mumbai. This means chances of getting stuck in traffic are minimal and you will not miss your flight. However due to land acquisition, the project has been delayed.
3. Chenab River Railway Bridge:
The flourishing river Chenab is set to have a railway line right over it. At $92 million this is said to be the world’s highest railway bridge over Katra which is in Jammu-Kashmir. This railway bridge of 1.3km will then be a part of the Katra-Dharam section which falls under the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project.
4. The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) –
This is set to be one of the most ambitious projects in the country. This project is estimated at around $90 billion as it is set to navigate through all the industrial hub points between the Delhi-Mumbai corridor that include 7 states. Once complete this project will increase India’s GDP by 25%. How is that? Currently it takes cargo around 14 days to get transferred from north to south. With this link the transfer will take just 14 hours. The 1500 km-long western dedicated freight corridor will make commerce easy and snappy.
5. Bharatmala Project:
Engineered by the minds of the government, this is a road project planned to link the west of India with the east of India. So right from Gujarat to Mizoram and from Maharashtra to West Bengal, this road project will help connect many states and industries.
6. Mumbai Trans Harbour Link –
A long sea bridge is planned to connect the eastern suburbs of Mumbai with the mainland through a 16.5 sea bridge and a viaduct. Meaning it will connect Sewri which is in the central to east Mumbai with Nhava Seva across the harbour. Estimated cost of this project is Rs. 18,000 crores.
7. Inland Waterways
Somewhere with all the roads and railway system we have forgotten that India has large rivers which can be used as a great system of transportation. The government with no delays plans to develop these waterways to connect sites of commerce. Rivers like Ganga, Brahmaputra, and Mahanadi are being worked upon. Around Rs. Rs 4,000 crore is being spent by the government for developing waterway facilities in Ganga. Pradip is planned to be an intentional port due to its connectivity with an additional amount of Rs. 50000 crores in its development
8. Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT)
The business state of India gets just the lift it needs. This Tec-city will facilitate start-ups, entrepreneurship and of course existing businesses. State of the art technology will be installed for smooth communication and interaction. This is $ 20 billion budget that will see the assistance of Frances La Défense, Tokyos Shinjuku and Britain’s London Docklands.
9. Smart City Kochi – one of the expanding commercial cities - Kochi is going to a get a face lift. To encourage the city’s industrial minds the infrastructure project has been planned. The budget stands tall at $1billion and is spread over a staggering 8,20,000 sq. metres in the district of Kakkanad. This is the first of the Smart City trail to begin in South India and its first phase is said to be completed by 2020.
With all these projects in the pipeline imagine the quantum of work needed by Road making vehicles, graders and Backhoe Loaders. Increasing the demand for these machines, be it in west India or South India, North or East India, the infrastructure projects are spread across the country with the ever-evolving road and development plan. The country looked different 10 years ago and will keep getting a new makeover every decade. This demand will keep increasing as India is set to be a technologically advanced country which needs better connectivity. And this will come only through better network of roads, rails, water and air transportation. So, if you are in the business of roads, backhoe loaders or motor graders there is a lot of scope in this country.