Nitin Gadkari’s highway jumla

Roads and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari likes to present himself as the singlehanded builder of Indian highways. He has repeatedly claimed -- most recently at the 2016 India Today Conclave -- that the pace of highway construction has increased by close to ten times under his watch: https://twitter.com/SandeepUnnithan/status/710360486462644224 This would be brag-worthy if it were true, …

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What are you smoking Mr Gadkari (and can I have some)?

Of all the topics covered in this blog, India's highway construction programme attracts the most yawns from friends and family (and the least interest in social media). But apart from its intrinsic importance and the resonance that highway construction programmes have long had in discourses of modernity -- think the New Deal and Hitler's autobahns -- it …

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Road construction has slowed, not accelerated, under Narendra Modi

In a 9 December press release, Crisil Research found that highway projects awarded in the fiscal year 2013-14 are showing "a sharp pick-up in execution amid a pro-active government and faster approvals by implementing agencies". https://twitter.com/CRISILLimited/status/542536758353620992 While this may be true of those 16 projects, it has yet to translate into an acceleration in the road …

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