Giving importance to infrastructure for real growthIt has time and again proved that very good infrastructure in the form of good roads, better trains and so on, will and does lead to massive growth. With the introduction of T18, an engineering marvel, the Indian Railways is doing an excellent job. One is told that in around 210 minutes, one can reach Bangalore from Chennai. When this becomes a reality, the flights between the two cities might as well be cancelled, as together with the commuting time to reach the airports in either city and then going to the place of residence, every single human being is spending the same time. So, one can just hop into the train, do business and get back to the city by night.
We need many more such innovations. Our great Prime Minister' s great dream project called the bullet train, a project with such a huge investment, seems to be stuck in some nightmarish litigation. To expect farmers to become poor is absolutely irrational. Instead, we need better versions of T18 and such trains. We need far better roads as well. For instance, our Highways in many places is already very good. If we can maintain such Highways, our infrastructure can, by itself promote so much of self employment and employment in the service sector.