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The aim is to develop the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) as a “Global Manufacturing and Trading Hub”, featuring  24 industrial regions, 8 smart cities, 5 power projects, 2 airports, 2 Mass Rapid Transportation Systems (MRTS) and 2 logistics hubs. With an estimated investment of US$100 billion, the project is expected to fuel India’s economic growth for the next 20-30 years, facilitating businesses and providing cheap, fast and efficient transportation to ports and the rest of the nation. Phase I (8 of the 24 investment regions) is estimated to be completed by 2019.

The roads, bridges, public drinking and water systems, dams, airports and mass transit systems in the US are in need of massive restoration. This is what the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) said in its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, an assessment of the nation's infrastructure that comes out every 4 years. The organization evaluated it with an overall grade of D+, the same score as in 2013, pointing out that the country will need to invest $4.59 trillion by 2025 to improve its condition.

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Monday, 13 July 2015 11:53

The Longest Underwater Tunnel

The underwater tunnel is a huge project with a cost at around 36 billion US dollars, with a length twice as long as the Channel Tunnel is and it will be built in the most dangerous earthquake zones in Asia. When the tunnel is completed, the Dalian tunnel will be the longest undersea tunnel in the world.

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  • Date occured Monday, 13 July 2015

The Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan, can surely catch the driver's attention and even discourage some from crossing it, especially when seen directly facing the two-lanes of traffic. 

Slated at $10 billion, construction on the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link could start as early as this year. At 11 miles long, the completed project will be the longest immersed tunnel in the world. It will run beneath the Baltic Sea and connect Denmark to Germany between the islands of Lolland and Fehmarn. Long in the planning, the bill finally giving the project the green light passed its first reading in the Danish Parliament this month. Construction could be completed as early as 2024.

Six years after California voters approved a $9.9 billion bond act to help finance a high-speed rail line between that eventually will carry riders from San Francisco to Los Angeles. California Governor Jerry Brown and other officials led a ceremony in downtown Fresno on Tuesday to mark the start of construction for the project. Instead of picking up shovels and scooping a pile of dirt like many groundbreaking ceremonies, the Governor instead decided to sign a ceremonial steel rail. Although the ceremonial start to construction took place on Tuesday, major construction is still likely weeks away. According to High-Speed Rail Authority board chairman Dan Richard, “We are entering a period of sustained construction on the nation’s first high-speed rail system for the next five years in the Central Valley, and in the decade beyond that, we will be building across California.”  The first segment will cost $6 billion and be completed in 2018.  It will connect Merced to Bakersfield.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 06 January 2015

A new report released by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association states there are 63,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States.  If one were to line up each structurally deficient bridge end-to-end and drive across, it would take a person 25 hours driving at 60 miles per hour to travel across them. Over 250 million drivers cross these bridges daily.  As the start of the 2015 fiscal year approaches (October 1), more and more people and interest groups are putting pressure on Congress to take action to avoid insolvency in the Highway Trust Fund.

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  • Date occured Monday, 28 April 2014

Brazilian officials unveiled their $10.76 billion legacy budget today for the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro. The money will be spent on projects relating to infrastructure, mobility, urbanization, and sports facilities either motivated or accelerated by the games but not directly related to holding the Summer Olympics. The budget is 25% higher than originally planned, but Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes attributes the increase to adding new projects and 6% inflation since 2009.  There have been mounting concerns over Rio’s level of preparedness for the summer games due to the slow rate of progress on construction projects, but the budget announcement is supposed to quell some of the fears about Brazil not being ready in time.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 17 April 2014

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn unveiled his six-year, $8.6 billion infrastructure plan to improve roads and bridges throughout the state on Wednesday.  The six-year program allocates $5.82 billion for state highway improvements and $2.77 billion for local transportation. The Governor believes that his plan will “create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.”

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 09 April 2014

As Africa continues to develop, one of the main challenges it still faces, is its shortage of completed infrastructure projects. In many cases public funding alone cannot provide the resources needed to develop African countries’ infrastructure. Public budgets are spread too thin due to the need to develop other aspects of these countries as well as build roads and bridges. According to a 2010 report issued by the World Bank, the continent’s inadequate transportation, power, and communication systems are causing sub-Saharan African economic growth to decrease by two percentage points each year. In addition to the growth decrease, poor infrastructure can decrease business productivity by 40 percent annually. Elizabeth Uwaifo, the Director of Africa Agribusiness Knowledge Centers and a Partner at international business law firm Fasken Martineau, is calling for the use of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to bridge the funding gaps in sub-Saharan Africa and improve the continent’s physical infrastructure.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 01 April 2014
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