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India seeks French help to build highways

India seeks French help to build highways
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First Published: Tue, Jan 04 2011. 02 13 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jan 04 2011. 02 13 PM IST
Paris:India would like French companies to help develop its fast-growing highway network, minister for road transport Kamal Nath said in an interview with French daily Le Figaro on Tuesday.
The Indian government, under pressure to ramp up the country’s infrastructure to keep up with its rapid economic growth, has a goal to build 20 km of highway per day, or 7,000 km per year, Nath told Le Figaro.
“It is clear that France has a formidable know-how in the construction and maintenance of motorways, notably in toll roads. We strongly wish to forge a partnership where everyone is a winner, a win-win situation,” he was quoted as saying.
Nath was on a visit to France and was due to meet economy minister Christine Lagarde and environment and transport minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.
Asia’s third-largest economy is spending $1.5 trillion on infrastructure over the 10 years and wants to bring foreign investors into road projects aimed at reducing supply bottlenecks.
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First Published: Tue, Jan 04 2011. 02 13 PM IST