For any emerging economy to realise its aspirations, it is imperative for it to invest in infrastructure – not just to directly induce and facilitate production in economic activities like agriculture, industry and trade, but also for provision of essential services. This includes a physical network that is critical to keeping an economy functional, be it the roads, highways, railways or telecommunications that provide connectivity for goods, services and human capital, or schools, colleges, hospitals and water pipelines that provide basic services to citizens.
As a Member of Parliament, Mr. Scindia had tried to build synergy between the infrastructural development of Guna and that of his constituents. For him, growth is not limited to the provision of basic infrastructure like roads and power alone, but encompasses the implementation of social sector schemes, delivery of clean drinking water, establishment of better educational systems, and creation of hybrid systems for vocational training as well as focusing on the infrastructural development of the region as a whole. His core philosophy driving the development of his constituency involves two approaches: the first is identifying pain points and implementing constructive solutions to these problems, while the second focuses on creating sustainable communities by using innovative models to drive long-term growth, an approach that has been a key driver behind spurring projects such as the Spice Park in Guna.
work so far
In his constituency, Mr. Scindia has undertaken a plethora of projects to provide a major boost to infrastructure:
- Road: At the cost of over Rs. 5100 cr, he has laid down a vast network of hundreds of roads criss-crossing through his constituency, facilitating smooth and swift movement of people across the length and breadth of the country. The Guna bypass is a project that is particularly close to Mr. Scindia’s heart. One of the first projects that he fought hard to get implemented on the ground, the Bypass took off after a group of students demanded it from him when he was on a visit to Guna, just after he had begun his first term as an MP in 2002. The students were protesting the number of road accidents and subsequent deaths that took place due to a lack of a bypass around Guna due to the NH3-Agra-Mumbai highway. Recognising the importance of robust infrastructure early on, Mr. Scindia has since endeavoured to keep the citizens’ felt needs at the forefront of his development agenda for the region.
- Rail: In the railways sector, his work includes setting up new rail stations and trains, ensuring stoppage of hundreds of trains at the railway stations across his constituency, upgrade of existing stations, electrification of rail lines and construction of foot overbridges, to name a few, cumulative costing over Rs. 2800cr. The trains not only connect the citizens of Guna to major metropolitan cities like Delhi and Mumbai, but also provide access to pilgrimage sites like Amritsar, S
- Power: Scindia has installed thousands of solar lights across the three districts of his constituency, which are not only cost-effective and easy-to-maintain,but a sustainable form of generating electricity with zero emissions. Mr. Scindia has also set up scores of electricity sub-stations and electric feeders across Guna, Ashoknagar and Shivpuri in the last 16 years, at the cost of over Rs. 500cr.
- Drinking water: Over the years, Mr. Scindia has dedicated over Rs. 160 cr to ensuring the access and availability of drinking water. He has laid down water pipelines, bringing water to Guna and Ashoknagar from the Sindh region, and to Chanderi from the Rajghat Dam at the MP-UP border. And now, water from the Madikheda Dam is being brought to Shivpuri, which until recently faced a severe drinking water crisis.
- Handloom Park: Another project that Mr. Scindia is keenly invested in is the handloom park in Chanderi. Built at a cost of Rs.48cr, this is Asia’s largest is borne out of the belief to provide the weavers of Chanderi a common facility that doubles up as a workplace and a storefront, encompassing facilities for planning, collecting raw material, weaving, product manufacturing, packaging and marketing.
- Spice Park: empowers the growers of spices in and around Guna to become a part of this integrated approach of cultivation, post-harvest, processing, packaging, storage and export. Built at a cost of Rs. 40 cr, the Spice Park boasts facilities at par with international standards, that allow the farmers to grade, pack and store their spices, which in turn leads to enhanced price realisation for their produce.