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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Improve the ailing road infrastructure

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That a country's economic and social progress largely depends on its infrastructural condition particularly that of roads and communication system is an assertion few would disagree with.

Roads make a crucial contribution to economic development and growth and bring important social benefits. In fact, roads are said to be the arteries through which the economy pulses. By linking producers to markets, workers to jobs, students to school, and the sick to hospitals, roads are vital to any development agenda.

They are of vital importance in order to make a nation grow and develop. In addition, providing access to employment, social, health and education services makes a road network crucial in fighting against poverty. However, there is no hesitation in saying the dilapidated conditions of the country's roads are putting a counterproductive impact on the national development.

We can refer to a recent opinion survey of the World Economic Forum in this respect. The survey findings revealed that the country's roads are the second worst in Asia having only neighboring Nepal behind it and in global arena the country is ranked 113 in terms of road infrastructure.

And the revelations, however, were not at all surprising to us. Everyone who travels through the roads and highways across the country is well aware of how poor the state of those roads and highways is. It is indeed less than gratifying that a country that is committed to achieve sustainable development in line with the global agenda of Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 has its roads and highways in so poor state.
 
We know the incumbent government has attached much importance on infrastructure development of the country. Transport and communication sectors' getting the second highest allocation in the national budget for the current fiscal year does also reaffirm the government's honest intention to expand transport and communication infrastructures in the country.

However, in sharp contrast with the truly honest intention and positive enthusiasm of the government with which it allocates funds, there have always remained questions with regard to their quality compliance. It is often seen that the quality of works is often compromised owing to irregularities of various sorts at the implementation level and therefore the much-needed sustainability of infrastructures cannot be ensured. 
 
Since communications infrastructure is a pre-requisite to escalating the country's economic and social uplift, the policymakers and high-ups of the government have to go for every measure necessary for making sure that all the development works really yield value for money.  

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