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A call for multi skilled civil engineers in the modern Indian Infrastructure

Role of civil engineers will be of paramount importance in developing sustainable infrastructure to facilitate a bright future for modern India. Growth of the country is highly dependent on modern and facilitating infrastructure. Recent thrust of the Government of India on ‘Make-in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ will trigger industrial growth at electrifying speed. To facilitate this growth, industrial corridors and smart cities will be created by the Government supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure with investments in astronomical figures. Modern highways & flyovers, bridges, high speed rail corridors, rapid transit systems, new ports & airports, coupled with rapid urbanization and modern high-rise buildings are all set to emerge as a part of this initiative. India requires investment worth Rs 50 trillion (US$ 777.73 billion) in infrastructure by 2022 to have sustainable development in the country. The infrastructure sector has become the biggest focus area for the Government of India.

Looking at the past, civil engineers have been playing critical role in enhancing the lives of our citizens for decades by developing better infrastructure. They have to play a vital role in achieving targets set by GoI to construct roads worth Rs 15 lakh crore by 2022, to construct 100 new airports by 2024, to develop the transport infrastructure worth Rs 1.69 lakh crore, communication sector development worth 0.38 lakh crore and Railways worth Rs 0.72 lakh crore. Indian energy sector is expected to offer investment opportunities worth US$ 300 billion over the next 10 years.

Many of the projects will prove to be marvels of civil engineering design which will be accomplished by high calibre Civil Designers, while trained and skilled Civil Engineers will play an instrumental role in driving the mega projects of imminent future with their competence and plethora of versatile skills. Integrated approach towards construction project management and interdisciplinary approach in Industrial 4.0 revolution will set a new benchmark in this development. Multi-skilled and specially trained professionals will be on high demands in coming years.

Note: Investment figures are referred from IBEF report dated 4.9.20.


- Mr. Achintya Sarkar
Faculty emeritus-Infini Institute of CPM, Pune
Former Executive Director (Growth) - SAIL and Vice President, TATA Projects

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