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2020 Vision

Grand intentions are fine, but can the Centre spring the resources? Also, are these plans viable?

2020 Vision
illustration by Jayachandran
2020 Vision
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As befits a poet-prime minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee has a dream. A dream to transform India into a developed economy by 2020. A dream to build an India where people have the best of facilities available in the developed world. To translate this into reality, he's personally pushed through mega projects which, if they happen, will transfigure India's landscape in the coming decades.

Picture this. By 2008, world-class expressways connecting all the major cities and criss-crossing the country, cutting down travel time by around 50 per cent. Within a decade, an all-India grid to solve the problems of power shortages by diverting power from surplus states to deficit ones. By 2016, all Indian rivers connected to tackle the twin menace of floods and drought. The Sky Bus Metro project to take the load off our city roads. And the proposed investments in all: a stunning Rs 7,00,000 crore.

But as the government shifts into election mode, it seems some of these dream projects will remain just that—dreams. In the next 12-15 months, in a bid to woo voters, the ruling regime is...
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