Megaprojects in India: Environmental and Land Acquisition Issues in the Road Sector

  • G. Raghuram
  • Samantha Bastian
  • Satyam Shivam Sundaram


Megaprojects attract around 10% of the gross fixed capital formation in India. These projects suffer from both time and cost overruns primarily because of environmental and land acquisition controversies and poor project management. With increasing proportions of private sector investments and a growing focus on efficiency in the public sector, the central government has taken many steps towards making the process of environmental clearances faster and smoother, thus reducing land acquisition controversies. We briefly describe the evolution of the regulatory framework related to environmental and land acquisition aspects in India and also discuss two megaprojects implemented in the road sector.


Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessment National Highway Land Acquisition High Speed Diesel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Raghuram
    • 1
  • Samantha Bastian
    • 1
  • Satyam Shivam Sundaram
    • 1
  1. 1.Public Systems GroupIndian Institute of Management-AhmedabadAhmedabadIndia

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