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Indian cities are likely to accommodate almost half of the population by 2040[1]. This highlights an increased need for integrated, sustainable, technology-enabled and inclusive design and development of physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure in the country. Urban agglomeration will become even more important post COVID-19.

Mapping NIP sectors with the Infrastructure Vision 2025 goals
Urban Infograph

Source: National Infrastructure Pipeline - Report of the Task Force Volume II, Department of Economic Affairs, 29 April 2020

Project prioritisation

The NIP vision would need to be supported by the following projects to improve rural infrastructure:

  • Utilities and infrastructure development: Biogas and solar-based electric substation managed by private sector in collaboration with Gram Panchayats, cluster-wise solid waste management
  • Rural livelihood mission projects
  • Healthcare services: Strengthening and creating options of privatisation of health infrastructure such as private PHCs, District Health Centre or civil hospitals, engaging women-led Self-Help Groups (SHGs) for manufacturing and distribution of health products (for instance, gender based online services to order medicines and sanitary products)
  • SVAMITVA (Survey of villages and mapping with improvised technology in village areas) enabling households with enhanced means for financial benefits and strengthening the demand assessment process of Gram Panchayats by institutionalising the asset and tax collection register.

The main priority would be to assess finance access for capital projects and prioritise their implementation

Footnotes
  1. National Infrastructure Pipeline - Report of the Task Force Volume II, Department of Economic Affairs, 29 April 2020

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