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1. No achhe din for infrastructure

A year after the BJP’s Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari promised to develop 25 km of highways a day, there’s little to show. Just 15-20 small tenders for highways have been awarded. In general there has been no movement on highways, airports or ports. Debt-laden firms in the infrastructure sector are at their wits’ end as to when the government will get its act together, if at all. The problem is not difficult to identify—overcentralisation in decision-making. An advisor recalls how the urban development secretary practically ran out of a meeting with top international bankers on receiving a call from the...

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