INFRASTRUCTURE : Quality of Life in India is Improving with Better Infrastructure

World-class infrastructure is not only a key driver for the Indian economy but also the quality of life we lead…and this includes access to electricity, housing for all, roads, bridges, dams, urban development and Internet awareness.

World-class infrastructure is not only a key driver for the Indian economy but also the quality of life we lead…and this includes access to electricity, housing for all, roads, bridges, dams, urban development and Internet awareness.

According to the latest reports, the government initiatives taken to address these issues are making remarkable progress. Here are how different infrastructure projects spanning out:

Electricity for Rural India: Media reports that about 6,000 villages (out of the total of 18,500 villages which did not have electricity) have already been electrified. Sophisticated technology, such as geo-tagging, is being used to track the progress of this project in real-time.

Renewable Energy: By 2022, India is targeting to generate 175 Giga-Watts (GW) of renewable energy. The total installed capacity right now has already 39.5 GW.

Coal: Coal India Limited had been registering about 3% growth in its production on an average in the last 5 years. This year, it has achieved an increase of 9.2% in its production.

Wi-Fi Hotspots at Tourist Destinations: 12 tourist destinations (out of 25) in India have already turned into wi-fi hotspots. The Prime Minister has also asked the authorities to scale up the speed of connecting all Gram Panchayats with broadband connectivity.

Mobile Connectivity to Naxalite-affected Villages: 1,371 towers have already been installed in Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas to improve mobile connectivity there.

Housing for All: Both modern technology and local building techniques and materials are being applied to achieve the target of 'Housing for All' by 2022. It will involve building 2.95 crore houses in rural areas. In the Union Budget 2016-17, many provisions have been made to encourage real estate developers and builders to come up with affordable housing projects.

Smarter Ports: The government officials are also working out to bring down the average vessel turnaround time at major ports as well as timelines for border compliance – to bring them at par with international standards. This is expected to give a boost to shipping industry and coastal economy.

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