Infrastructure at Crossroads: The Challenges of Governance

Hardcover | December 31, 2011

byGajendra Haldea

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Physical infrastructure has a significant impact on economic growth, quality of life, and poverty reduction. This collection of essays, by a senior bureaucrat, tells the inside story of India's infrastructure sector - where it is, where it should be, and what is stopping it from getting there.It weaves together political, institutional, and economic threads into a comprehensive narrative to illustrate the complexities involved in the provision of infrastructure. Focusing on the problems of governance, it underscores the dilemmas faced by policymakers in providing critical infrastructure.The book also offers a nuanced portrayal of the processes involved in the different stages, from conception to implementation, of infrastructure projects through diverse case studies-roads, railways, ports, airports, telecom, and power. It outlines strategies to overcome current bottlenecks andprovides suggestions for policy reform.

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Physical infrastructure has a significant impact on economic growth, quality of life, and poverty reduction. This collection of essays, by a senior bureaucrat, tells the inside story of India's infrastructure sector - where it is, where it should be, and what is stopping it from getting there.It weaves together political, institutional...

Gajendra Haldea is Adviser to Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pagesPublished:December 31, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198071191

ISBN - 13:9780198071198

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Table of Contents

Tables and FiguresAcknowledgementsPrologueI. The Infrastructure Challenge1. The Infrastructure ChallengeII. Issues and Options2. Rescue Reforms: Players Cannot Also Be Umpires3. Yes, but Do Let's Pay for It4. Salvage Reforms5. Up in the Air: Projects Grounded by Bad Governance6. Lessons from Infrastructure Reform in India7. Crisis of Credibility8. To Market, To Market: Dismantle Government Control over Infrastructure9. Challenge is to Tackle Issues Related with GovernmentIII. Power Reforms10. Whither Electricity Reforms?11. Power Failure in Orissa12. Empower Consumers: Plug Loopholes in the Electricity Bill13. Open Access Bijli: How to Electrify our Power Sector14. Power Reforms to Empower People15. Does Power Privatization Help?16. Ray of Light17. Unshackle Power Reforms: Focus Must Shift to the Consumer18. Power Play: Electricity Reforms Scuttled at the Outset19. Candle-Light VigilIV. Privatization of Power Distribution in Delhi20. Blackouts Ahead21. Darkness Ahead22. Outdoing Enron23. Match NDMC, Make a Killing24. Dhabol Revisited25. Missing Assets and the Power Game26. Do Away With MonopoliesV. At the Crossroad27. Infrastructure at CrossroadsEpilogue: The Road Ahead