Led by PM candidate Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today promised to introduce high-speed bullet trains, build 100 new modern cities and expedite freight and industrial corridors to improve the country's infrastructure and create employment.
In its election manifesto, the party said if elected the government will launch diamond quadrilateral project of high speed train network (bullet train).
"Work on the Freight Corridors and attendant Industrial Corridors will be expedited. This will result in the faster movement of people and goods. PPP would be encouraged to tap into private sector resources as well as expertise," the manifesto said.
It said that its government will look at urbanisation as an opportunity rather than a threat and steps would be undertaken in transport and housing for 'Urban Upliftment' in India.
"We will initiate building 100 new cities; enabled with the latest in technology and infrastructure - adhering to concepts like sustainability, walk to work, etc, and focused on specialised domains. The approach to urban development will be based on integrated habitat development - building on concepts like Twin cities and Satellite towns," it said.
To enhance Internet penetration, the party said Wi-Fi facilities will be made available in public places and commercial centres.
The manifesto also emphasised on the need to build infrastructure in a futuristic way.
"Growth of this sector means the growth of cement, steel, electricity and many other associated industries and directly leads to massive job creation... We shall modernise existing and operational airports, and build new ones," it added.
For next generation infrastructure, "we will set up Gas Grids to make gas available to households and industry and set up a National Optical-Fibre Network up to the village level".
It also promised to launch an Integrated Public transport project and develop national logistics network for faster movement of goods.