World Bank’s Sup­port to In­dian Trans­port Sys­tem

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The World Bank has been a ma­jor in­vestor in the trans­port sec­tor in In­dia. In 2012, it had ten projects in trans­port port­fo­lio which in­clude seven state road projects and one each for na­tional high­way, ru­ral road and ur­ban trans­port with to­tal loan com­mit­ments for the trans­port sec­tor in In­dia as US$3.48 bil­lion. The main ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude:

Na­tional High­way Devel­op­ment Project: The World Bank is fi­nanc­ing high­way con­struc­tion on the Luc­know-Muzaf­farpur cor­ri­dors. It is also in­volved in other sec­tor ac­tiv­i­ties such as im­prov­ing road road safety.

Ru­ral Roads Pro­gram: The project sup­ports the PMGSY in pro­vid­ing all weather roads to vil­lages in four states – Ut­tar Pradesh, Jhark­hand, Ra­jasthan and Hi­machal Pradesh.

State Roads Projects: State High­ways are be­ing up­graded in the states of Ker­ala, Mi­zo­ram, Ut­tar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Pun­jab, Hi­machal Pradesh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

Mum­bai Ur­ban Trans­port Project: The project aims to im­prove trans­porta­tion in the Mum­bai Metropoli­tan Re­gion by fos­ter­ing the devel­op­ment of an ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able ur­ban trans­port sys­tem - sub­ur­ban rail, bus and link roads - and build­ing ef­fec­tive in­sti­tu­tions.

Sus­tain­able Ur­ban Trans­port Project: The project aims to pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able ur­ban trans­port in var­i­ous cities and sup­port im­ple­men­ta­tion of the In­dia Na­tional Ur­ban Trans­port Pol­icy (NUTP).

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