Why is India lacking in infrastructure as compared to China?
Jp Murty, former IAS Officer (1974-2009)
Answered Oct 1
Have you been to China? I have.
China is much more than Beijing, Shanghai and the Great Wall. There is a lot of China beyond the huge dams, railroads and projects. Many villages in China do not have roads or bus services. People travel for miles to see a doctor or go to a school. Many villages are accessed by boats. The railways do not connect the country. They are only show pieces.
Taking up huge infrastructure projects abroad does not mean that the country has all its own infrastructure in place.
On the other hand nearly every indian village has a government school and access to medical and veterinary services. Colleges within easy reach. All most all villages are covered by roads and bus services. Indias villages are by and large electrified.
India's rail network is the biggest in the world. India's network of medical schools, engineering schools and institutions of higher learning are unmatched in the world. This list goes on and on.
This is infrastructure. In China the common man is not allowed to watch independent TV or read outside newspapers. They cannot even have children. Indians are free.
Do not go by show piece projects designed to impress the world. Infrastructure must make the common man's life easier.
India is far ahead of China.
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