Fighting Corruption in the Road Sector: An Illustration of the Issues in India

This article offers an overview of two major Indian governmental road construction initiatives – National Highways Development Project (NHDP), implemented by the National Highways Authority of India, and the Prime Minister's Rural Road Project (PMGSY). Both are designed to enhance the capacity and traffic flow of India's national highway network. According to the author, both initiatives are threatened by widespread corruption at various phases of construction (e.g., planning and design stage, contract awarding, materials procurement, post-construction operation and maintenance), due largely to the size of the project (estimated at a 2005 cost of $12.54 billion for NHPD and $13.68 billion for PMGSY) and the fact that the rural road sectors are being constructed in remote areas far removed from government oversight. The author offers measures that the government should employ in order to fight corruption, including increasing the power of local governments, increasing competition in the awarding of contracts, and using technology in government departments to efficiently deliver public services.


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  • Accession Number: 01042727
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 17 2007 9:30PM