More than 1,900km of rail schemes were approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi. The nine schemes include a 280km passenger and freight line between Itarsi and Nagpur and a 287km line linking Vijaywada and Gudur.
The cabinet also approved a massive highway project, involving the development of 1,120km of national highways in the states of Karnataka, Odisha, Bihar, Rajasthan and West Bengal. The work to develop the roads to two-lane standards will be carried out under the National Highways Interconnectivity Improvement Project (NHIIP) with World Bank assistance. The estimated cost is £727m.