Dr. L.R. Kadiyali, Chief Executive, L.R. Kadiyali and Associates, New Delhi
India's Transportation Sector: Problems, Challenges and OpportunitiesAs India's economy is poised for a healthy rate of growth, its transport is poised for a growth of 12% or more. Thus, every six years, India needs to double its transport capacity. The country has to have:
- more roads
- better roads
- high speed facilities like Expressways
- more vehicles
- safer travel
Quest for Good Roads – What to Look forRoad transport has some serious disadvantages associated with it:
- high energy consumption and dependence on petroleum products
- poor record of safety
- high environmental pollution
India has some special problems in the roads sector, which must be addressed in building the future roads:
- endemic problem of overloading of trucks
- neglect of road maintenance
Pavements constitute nearly 60-70% of a highway cost, and hence economic consideration (both short-term and long-term) must govern the choice.
With the above consideration in prominent view, it is possible to assess why concrete roads provide a better option for realizing a sustainable road system for India in the coming years.