Manifesto Comparison, General Elections 2014 (7 of 9): Infrastructure

Current Situation:

  • India has a one trillion infrastructure deficit over the next five years, according to finance minister P. Chidambaram.
  • India is ranked 89th out of 142 countries for its infrastructure in 2011-12.
  • 65% of all freight is transported by road resulting in high traffic.
  • The planning commission has estimated that India needs 180 more airports in next 10 years.

Stand of Major Political Parties on Infrastructure Issues:


  • Connecting all Million-plus cities by high speed rail network.
  • Completion of western and eastern dedicated freight corridors.
  • Independent regulator to monitor the process of natural resource allocation.
  • Development of Regional Rapid Transit Systems, and upgrading of logistics and infrastructure of ports.
  • New infrastructure for air travel across the country.


  • Launch an integrated public transport which will include roadways, railways and waterways.
  • Work on freight corridors and industrial corridors will be expedited.
  • Diamond Quadrilateral project of High Speed Train network (Bullet Train).
  • Set up a National Optical Fibre Network up to the village level.

CPI (M):

  • Stop and reverse privatisation of water resources and power.
  • No further PPPs in domestic airports already modernised by AAAI, no FDI in railways.
  • Raise spending on infrastructure, focus on rural infrastructure.


  • Creating world class infrastructure, in both urban and rural areas; Participation of private sector in infrastructure development.
  • Ensuring that the people in rural areas have access to all the basic facilities.
  • Develop traditional industries, small-scale enterprises and agriculture sector, with better infrastructure availability.
  • High investment in Tier-II and Tier-III cities and smaller towns to develop surrounding areas.

Note: The content produced here is taken from The Hindu. Writers of Know India have not changed the content in any way. Points of other national parties were not included as either their manifestos were not released (BSP) or they are small in their presence (NCP). For full comparison (which we will release in 9 volumes) can be seen at

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