In order to give a boost to the economy that is facing the attack of the epidemic, the government has given special emphasis on infrastructure in the budget. This includes the construction of 8500 km of roads, new economic corridors, expressways, and rail corridors under the Bharatmala Yojana.
An allocation of Rs 1,18,101 crore has been made to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to improve the infrastructure. Out of this, Rs 1,08,230 crore will be spent on various projects. In the Rs 5.35 lakh crore Bharatmala project, 3,800 km of roads have been built so far. The target is to construct 8,500 km of road by March 2022. In addition, 11,000 km of other national highways will also be built. This includes the construction of 3,500 km of the long national highway in Tamil Nadu with an investment of Rs 1.03 lakh crore. The 1,100 km national highway will be built in Kerala with an investment of Rs 65,000 crore, including the 600 km long Mumbai-Kanyakumari corridor. A 675 km highway will be built in West Bengal at a cost of Rs 25,000 crore, including the improvement of the Kolkata-Siliguri road.