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57% Of Urban Indians Satisfied With Urban Infrastructure: GIIA-Ipsos Global Infrastructure Index 2019

Cycle Facilities, Electric Vehicle Charging, Flood Defenses, Pedestrian Pathways and Water Supply & Sewerage rated worst on the index

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Interestingly, 57% of urban Indians have rated India good on urban infrastructure, which places India 3rd among 28 markets, after China & Saudi Arabia, revealed Least Nimby markets on the Nimby (Not in my Backyard) Index. On the other hand, Global citizens are quite unhappy with the quality of infrastructure. 

How does India’s urban infrastructure stack up? 

Airports (80%), Digital Connectivity (high speed broadband, full fiber network, 5G) (65%), Motorways (63%) and Rail (metro & others)  (62%) rated best! Rated worst in urban infrastructure include Cycle Facilities (cycle routes/ lanes) (36%), Electric Vehicle Charging (EV charging infrastructure) (37%), Flood defenses (38%), Pavements, Pedestrian (pavements, footpaths & pedestrian areas) (43%) and Water and sewerage (44%) infrastructure.

Interestingly, somewhere dangling in the middle are the areas of Infrastructure, like, Housing Supply (58%), Nuclear (nuclear infrastructure to generate energy) (57%), Solar Energy (53%) Local Roads (52%) and Wind Energy (48%). 

"India has made giant leaps in ramping up the new symbols of infra, whether it is our airports & digital connectivity, or our quality of roads and highways and of course metros and high-speed trains.  And as has emerged in our survey, govt. needs to focus on infra for cycle lanes, EV Charge points wider accessibility and flood defences (contingency plans),” said Amit Adarkar, Ipsos India CEO & Operations Director, Ipsos APAC.

Future Course for India’s Infrastructure 

Investing in infrastructure vital for fueling economic growth feel the majority of Indians (77%).  

Ramp up infrastructure in the local area (75%).

Majority support investment of businesses in the private sector towards infrastructure if it means that India gets the infrastructure it needs (68%).

Foreign investment in new infrastructure OK if it means better quality (63%).

As a country, we need to do more to meet our infrastructure needs, feel 59% of urban Indians polled.

Our track record for getting national infrastructure projects right needs to improve, feel 53% of urban Indians polled. 

Global Prioritization for  Infrastructure

Top priorities identified by global citizens (including Indians) were, solar energy infrastructure (42%), water supply & sewerage (39%), flood defences (38%) and local road network (35%). 

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