We are by now familiar with some of the headline ambitions of the Narendra Modi led government - driving India towards a $10 trillion economy mark by 2032; 175 GW of renewable energy capacity covering solar, wind, hydro and biomass by 2022; and cutting carbon emissions from India by at least 35 per cent by 2030. The crucial factor in ensuring these targets remain within reach is the country's massive infrastructure challenge. And the man charged with this task is the minister of road transport, highways, shipping and ports Nitin Gadkari. Under his watch, the government has unveiled investment plans of around $150 billion in the highways and shipping sector by 2019. He has also announced that the target for laying out new roads in India will be hiked to 150,000 km per year from 2016, up from 96,000 km a year. This edition of the 'India Investment Journal' gets into the mind of the man who has arguably taken on one of the toughest jobs in the Indian government. Our central interview challenges him to spell out his vision and also any hurdles in the way of his mission to bring India's infrastructure up to global standards. Senior columnist Ashok Malik goes behind the scenes to try and analyse how this “infrastructure czar” is making things happen on the ground. Under our regular sub-heads, we take an in-depth look at the explosion of ecommerce in the country with interviews and analysis of how this sector is set for growth in the coming years. We also take stock of the Clean India mission with a broader remit of corporate social responsibility (CSR) with giants like Coca-Cola and the Adani Group. In our Solar India focus, we catch up with SunEdison's India chief to get his dos and don'ts for foreign players eyeing the attractive Indian solar market. The Wealth section in this edition revolves around the Real Estate Bill, recently passed in India. India Inc. columnist Deepak Varghese offers a detailed view of what the changes mean for developers and buyers. A series of interviews present the developer view on this important and long overdue change in property legislation in India. As always, we hope you find this volume packed with something for everyone interested in the India global story.
Aditi Khanna is the Senior Editor of India Inc.