The Infrastructure Development & Connectivity Poll Push

Infrastructure development and connectivity - the buzzwords of the current Government during the 2024 General Elections - have been put on fast track, with the Government unlocking an infra blitz that spans national highways, railways, airports, and allied infrastructure.
Vinod Behl

Infrastructure development and connectivity

The election year budget was specially tailored to boost infrastructure and real estate. This is evident from the allocation of 3.4 percent of GDP (up from 2 percent a year ago) to targeted initiatives of infrastructure and connectivity. The 11.1 percent increase in capital outlay for infrastructure demonstrates the government's commitment to push infrastructure, which in turn will boost the real estate sector. The interim railway budget for 2024-25 saw 5.8 percent increase to Rs 2.55 lakh crore. The road, transport and highway sector got an allocation of Rs 278000 crore, a 2.7 percent hike, aimed at attracting private sector investment through new projects in BOT and PPP mode. For the power sector, the hiked allocation of Rs 28352 crore was up 50 percent from the revised estimate of Rs 18945 crore in 2023-24. The green power budgetary allocation saw a significant increase of 110 percent at Rs 10000 crore.

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