Business Boom for Punjab as Connectivity Improves
For any state to progress, what is required is good connectivity, and Punjab in the past few years has shown tremendous growth because of excellent road infrastructure and air connectivity. Today it happens to be the only state in the country where every village, town and city is well connected.
There has been a focus on road widening and today we see most of the roads have been converted into six lanes. As per a World Bank report while the road network has been strengthened in the state, several other measures have helped in making roads safer for those travelling on Punjab roads.
It has ranked Punjab Number 1 in ease of setting up business, which is because of the improved road and air connectivity.
The Punjab State Road Sector Project for India aims at making roads safer for users, which has in turn helped in making the state most viable destination for business thus giving a boost to the state’s economy.
While roads have seen improvement structurally, better signage and reflectors have made them safer bringing down road mishaps considerably. Also parking spaces are there on hard shoulders along road resulting in smoother traffic. The government has identified 1000 kilometres of road for improvement, which would go a long way in ensuring economic growth of the state.
With the improved roads business prospects have also grown which was evident at the Punjab government’s ‘Progressive Punjab Investor Summit-2015’ last year where investors from across the globe had shown interest in investing in the state and this would lead to creating jobs for 2.5 lakh Punjabis who were earlier moving to other cities for greener pastures.
When it comes to air connectivity, the state has its international airport in Amritsar which operates about a dozen flights on a daily basis. While the holy city had last year got connectivity to gulf countries by introducing direct flights to Dubai, there are plans to add connectivity to more countries from this airport. Amritsar is an important destination with lot of people coming to see the Golden Temple and it is also the only airport in the state for visiting NRIs hailing from Punjab.
As per a newspaper report the state has infrastructure for the airports available at Bathinda, Pathankot and Ludhiana. The report adds that the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal is quite aggressively working to align with private partners to improve the air connectivity in the state. (Business Standard Report:http://goo.gl/3Qw7B7).
The government is also seriously contemplating setting up an international airport near Macchiwara in Ludhiana owing to the long pending demand from the industrialists there, especially when the city is the biggest industrial hub of the state. The government had signed a memorandum of understanding with Bengal Aerotropolis Projects (BAPL) for taking the project of international airport.
The international airport inaugurated at Chandigarh last year will also see international flights operating from there soon. This will further improve connectivity to this region with the rest of the country.