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Six Big Infrastructure Projects That are Reflecting the Spirit of New India


As Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal (KGP) Expressway on May 27, 2018, here is a look into this project and some other big-ticket infrastructure projects. Some of them are purely initiated by present government. In other cases, Modi government has ensured that the projects that were pending from ages to speed up and materialize on the ground.

Eastern Peripheral Expressway

The Eastern Peripheral Expressway, or the KGP Expressway, is the country’s first axis control highway and is about to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister. The 135-km long project has been completed in a record time of two years at the cost of Rs 5,763 crore.

Arunachal put on the commercial aviation map

On May 21, Arunachal Pradesh made it to the commercial aviation map of the country with the first commercial aircraft in Pasighat being flagged off by Chief Minister Pema Khandu. This is part of the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) of the present government.

First Airport in Sikkim

Did you know the Indian state Sikkim had no Airport all these years? Now, Pakyong Airport is ready to be functional thanks to Modi government’s regional connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik). This airport built at 4500 feet above sea level has been hailed as an engineering marvel. It not only provides a connectivity to this Himalayan state but also has a strategic importance as the airport is around 60 KMs away from China border. The airport is suitable for the landing of various types of Indian Air Force aircrafts.

Gogha-Dahej Ro-Ro Ferry: South Asia’s First of Its Kind

First phase of the Gogha-Dahej Ro-Ro ferry service in Gujarat inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi in October 2017. Before this, road transportation between Gogha-Dahej was a distance of 360 KMs. Now, with the sea way it is just 31 KMs. 8 hours of road travel has been reduced to 1 hour by ferry. 12,000 passengers and 5000 vehicles daily benefitted. It is hugely benefitting to environmental cause as well.

Chenani-Nashri tunnel: Longest road tunnel in South Asia

The 9.2 KMs long twin-tube tunnel inaugurated in April 2017 reduces the travel time on National Highway 44 between Jammu and Srinagar by about 2 hours by shortening the distance between the cities by 30 km. The tunnel equipped with world class “integrated tunnel control system” which means, it has features like ventilation, fire control, signals, communication and electrical systems which will be automatically actuated.

Country’s Longest Bridge in Assam

In May 2017, Prime Minister inaugurated the country’s longest bridge over the Lohit river in Assam. This 9.15-km-long bridge bring closer the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It shortened the distance by 165 km, reducing travel time by 7-8 hours and expected to bring economic development to north east region.