Why India needs ambitious projects
Large infrastructure projects are one way to rescue the Indian economy
Somewhere near the town of Ganjam in Orissa is an unfinished railway bridge, a small incomplete strip in the ambitious Golden Quadrilateral project that links the four main cities of India. The government told Parliament earlier this month that only those 110m remain incomplete in a 5,846km project; there were raised eyebrows when former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee first spoke about his plan to join the major cities with four- and six-lane highways but the Golden Quadrilateral is now held up as an exemplary public project. India has not had a similar project in the past decade.