Bullet Trains On Top Of Modi’s To-Do List

Photo Courtesy: The Hindu

Photo Courtesy: The Hindu

With the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi putting emphasis on infrastructure development, ministries such as tourism, railways and national highways are likely to be given a new look in keeping with the BJP’s governance model if the National Democratic Alliance comes to power, The Hindu has reported.

Mr. Modi’s desire to prepare a blueprint for running high-speed bullet trains on the lines of Japan and China is likely to be given top priority by the Ministry of Railways as it would involve massive investment.

The BJP-led government would work towards evolving the public-private partnership (PPP) model into a people-public-private partnership (PPPP), or the 4P model, that will involve citizen groups, professionals and retired experts in designing, implementing and monitoring public service projects.

The Urban Development Ministry is likely to come out with a new approach of building on concepts like twin cities, satellite towns and fulfil Mr. Modi’s desire to build 100 new cities across the country.

Other key ministries such as finance, commerce, corporate affairs, industry and environment are also likely to be given a fresh look, stressing economic activity, simplifying and rationalising the tax regime and leveraging technology to cut red tape and corruption.

On foreign relations, BJP leaders have ruled out any radical change, but the party manifesto has stressed the need to revive “Brand India’’ by building on tradition, talent, tourism, trade and technology.


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