By Accommodation Times Bureau
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Thursday, reviewed the progress of key infrastructure sectors of roads, rural housing, urban housing, railways, airports, etc. The review meeting, which lasted for nearly two hours, was attended by top officials from infrastructure-related Ministries, NITI Aayog, and PMO.
In course of the presentation made by CEO NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant, it was noted that the pace of road construction has picked up significantly. The average road length constructed per day in FY 17-18 was 26.93 km, as compared to 11.67 km in FY 13-14.
In the railways’ sector, there has been a significant addition in capacity and rolling stock. Additions in “new lines, doubling and gauge conversion” between 2014 and 2018, was to the extent of 9528 kilometres, which is 56 per cent higher than the preceding four year period.
Similarly, in the aviation sector, passenger traffic has grown by over 62 per cent in the four year period between 2014 and 2018, as against 18 per cent in the preceding four year period. Under the UDAN scheme, 27 airports are now operational in tier 2 and tier 3 cities.
In the ports sector, traffic volume in major ports increased by 17 per cent in the period between 2014 and 2018.
In the rural housing sector, officials said that over one crore houses have been constructed in the period from 2014 to 2018, as compared to about 25 lakh houses in the preceding four year period. This has boosted employment in the housing sector and related construction industries.
According to an independent study, the average construction completion time has dropped sharply, from 314 days in 2015-16 to 114 days in 2017-18. Stress is also being given to disaster resilience and low-cost housing design typologies.
In urban housing, an emphasis is being laid on new construction technologies. 54 lakh houses have been sanctioned under Pradhan MantriAwaas Yojana (Urban), since the inception of the scheme.