Mumbai, Apr 12 (PTI) India will need investments to the tune of USD 20 trillion by 2040 to create necessary infrastructure to cater to the rising needs of urbanisation, PWD principal secretary Ashish Kumar Singh said. Also Read - Monsoon Session Day 2: Lok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities Bill to Raise Farmer Income, Boost Agri Sector | Highlights

“By 2040 more than 70 per cent of the population will move to urban areas and that will require investment to the tune of USD 20 trillion to create infrastructure for this population,” Singh said at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Conference on Infrastructure Project Management here today. Also Read - CII Calls For Foreign Trade Policy, Export Finance Expansion

Citing the example of the US which will need nearly USD 3.6 trillion by 2020 to keep the current infrastructure going, he said India will not only have to invest in creating infrastructure but also in developing manpower capability and efficient mechanisms to maintain what has been built. Also Read - 'Jammu And Kashmir to Reopen For Tourism Soon', Says J&K Administration

“Going by the example of the US, we can only imagine the quantum of investment and skill that will be required to maintain not only the existing 90,000 kms of roadways but also additional 13,000 kms of National Highways and 10,000 kms of state highways that will be built in the next 4-5 years in Maharashtra,” he added.

Singh said the government also faces challenges in executing infrastructure projects particularly the need for a pool of contractors who are supported by a team of skilled personnel who can deliver world class projects.

“We need to develop manpower capability since it is not only important to build correctly at the outset both in respect of design and technology but maintenance is equally critical,” he added.

Speaking at the event, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) CEO Sanjay Sethi said there was a need to consider the whole value chain and the move towards integrated land use and transport planning since the growth in one sector cannot preclude the other.

“In this context integrated industrial areas where under the new policy, land will be dedicated to industry (60 per cent), housing (30 per cent) and commercial development (10 per cent),” he said.

Hiranandani Group co-founder and Managing Director Niranjan Hiranandani said it is very important not to judge timelines by historical data as the scenario has changed from the past view of project management.

“There is a paradigm shift towards finding solutions and achieving timelines no matter what the challenges. The important point here is to make things happen,” he said.

“The governments are working faster and more efficiently and the view of project management has moved from taking estimates from engineers to simplifying and solving impediments to make it happen,” said Hiranandani.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.