PM Narendra Modi's $1.4-trillion infrastructure promise faces a roadblock

Passing legislation such as a land-acquisition bill will remain a tough ask until at least 2020

Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi | Photo: Reuters

Anjani Trivedi | Bloomberg
Don’t get your hopes up that India’s infrastructure will start to look like China’s after Narendra Modi’s historic victory.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made big promises in its election manifesto, among them Rs 100 trillion ($1.4 trillion) of investments in infrastructure by 2024 that would double the length of highways by 2022 and lead to a similar increase in the number of large commercial airports.

Despite the impressive show Modi and the BJP put up in the lower-house elections, they don’t have a majority in the upper house of the parliament. Numbers move more slowly in the Rajya Sabha, with a

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First Published: May 25 2019 | 2:35 AM IST

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