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India announces road and rail bonanza

25 Aug 16 India’s government has approved £2.7bn in rail projects as well as 1,120km of road upgrades.

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.

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