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Curtain Raiser – Building world class infra


India will hold the biggest infrastructure conference of the year later this month in New Delhi. Scheduled to be held on March 23, 2010 at Vigyan Bhawan, the event will bring together all the policy makers and industry players under the one roof to discuss ‘challenges & opportunities’ to build world class infrastructure in India. The highest level conference, organised by the Planning Commission of India, will see top ministers right from the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukharjee to Road Transport and Highway Minister Kamal Nath, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel and Shipping Minister GK Vasan besides others giving keynote address on the issue of infrastructure.
This is going to be a not-to-be missed conference held at a time when infrastructure is the primary focus in India. The Rs1.73 lakh crore-outlay for infrastructure which is 46% of total planned allocation in the budget says how important infrastructure development is for the government.
The one-day conference will cover important topics such as highways, ports, airports, railways, power, health, education besides others. This is going the be an excellent opportunity to gain insights on the policies being articulated for building world class infrastructure in India; understand the government’s priorities, the hurdles and most importantly, what is planned. The government on various forums have talked about the importance of having public private partnership for large infrastructure projects. While public investment in infrastructure would continue to increase, the role of private participation needs to be expanded significantly to address the deficit in infrastructure services. And this event is one such attempt by the government to attract and engage private players in the nation building exercise. The conference will address the evolving role of PPPs in providing infrastructure services in India. Through an enlarged role of PPPs, the government aims at provision of adequate infrastructure, improvement in the quality of services and reduction in costs.
People and representatives who are expected to attend the event are from various government departments, public sector undertakings, regulatory commissions, infrastructure developers, investment banks, construction companies, SEZs, health and educational institutions besides others.

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