Meet to lay road map for Kerala’s infrastructure

Special Correspondent

Experts will throw light on infrastructure projects elsewhere in the country.

KOCHI: The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in partnership with the State government, is organising a one-day conference on ‘Infrastructure in the time of economic crisis’ on Thursday 23 in the city. This conference is to lay a roadmap for improving the infrastructure in Kerala.

The conference will focus on improving physical infrastructure — roads, metros, railways, mobility hubs, ports, city development, low cost housing, funding options overcoming implementation challenges, policy prescriptions to create a five-point infrastructure agenda, creating world-class urban infrastructure and achieving inclusive growth and need for innovation.

Experts from the infrastructure space at the national level will initiate a dialogue at the conference and throw light on the implementation elsewhere in the country.

The government of Kerala will also exhibit the plans and proposals for project implementation, which will subsequently be taken up for discussion for furtherance.

In India, 28 per cent or 285 million people live in urban areas.

This will go up to 40 per cent by 2021. According to the Planning Commission, India needs an investment of $500 billion in the infrastructure sector from 2007 to 2012.

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission envisages an investment of $20 billion in urban infrastructure by 2012.

The government of India has identified a public-private partnership approach as the cornerstone of its policy and has been actively encouraging foreign direct investment in India’s infrastructure sector.

More information about the conference can be had from the CII office on 0484-4012300 or email >

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