Describing the new terminal at the Delhi Airport as an excellent one, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said his government will take more such steps to bridge the deficit in physical infrastructure in the country.
"About one-and-a-half months back, I dedicated a new terminal of the Delhi airport to the nation. This is an excellent terminal which has been completed in record time. We will continue to make such efforts to improve our physical infrastructure," Singh said addressing the nation on the 64th Independence Day.
He said there has been a large deficit in the physical infrastructure in the country which has affected economic development adversely.
"There is a shortfall in the supply of electricity to industries. Our roads, ports and airports are not of world standards," he said, adding that the government has been trying to address these issues by bringing in more private participation in the infrastructure sector.
"The resources required to create good infrastructure are difficult for the Government alone to mobilise. Therefore, we have endeavoured to involve the private sector in our efforts," he said.
Quoting Mahatma Gandhi to say that environment needs to be protected, he said imprudent use of the earth's natural resources has resulted in the problem of climate change.
"We need to use our natural resources with care and prudence. It is our responsibility towards the coming generations to protect and preserve our forests, rivers and mountains. Our government will endeavour to take care of environmental concerns in our projects for economic development," the Prime Minister added.