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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