Infrastructure in the Year of the Pandemic

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Where do fund diversions to contain COVID-19 leave India’s infrastructure development story? How can infrastructure be developed more sustainably, in a way that generates badly needed jobs?

The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a US think-tank, recently observed that economic trends in the Indo-Pacific prior to the pandemic forecast, among other things, showed a heightened focus on closing the infrastructure gap.

Then COVID-19 struck and Indo-Pacific countries that particularly struggled to contain the pandemic, such as India and the Philippines, had to put infrastructure development projects on hold in order to address the immediate impacts of the crisis: health, poverty, unemployment, breakdown of supply chains a