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Budget 2017: Govt identifies 2,000 km coastal roads to improve connectivity

For the transportation sector as a whole, including rail, roads and shipping, the government has provided Rs 2,41,387 crore in 2017-18.

, ET Bureau|
Feb 01, 2017, 04.56 PM IST
MUMBAI: The government has identified development of 2,000 km of coastal roads to improve the connectivity between ports and remote villages.

"The total length of roads, including those under PMGSY (Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana), built from 2014-15 till the current year is about 1,40,000 km, which is significantly higher than previous three years," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, while announcing the Budget.

This is the first budget in independent India to cover all modes of transport as a whole: railways, roads and shipping.

Earlier, Indian railways, the country's biggest employer had its own Budget.

Jaitley said that the Budget allocation in 2017-18 for the roads sector is Rs 64,900 crore, up 12 per cent from the Budget estimate for the current fiscal year.

For the transportation sector as a whole, including rail, roads and shipping, the government provided Rs 2,41,387 crore in 2017-18.

"An effective multi modal logistics and transport sector will make our economy more competitive. A specific programme for development of multi-modal logistics parks, together with multi modal transport facilities, will be drawn up and implemented," said Jaitley.

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