The Government of Madhya Pradesh has made infrastructure development as the area of key focus. Accordingly, it has been undertaking several infrastructural projects so as to attract large investments into the State. It is also making all efforts to develop the State into a logistics hub with excellent road-rail-air connectivity, strong power and telecommunication network. Such infrastructure facilities are essential for efficient and cost effective movement of men and materials, fully utilising the existing resources and improving the quality of life of the people.
Madhya Pradesh has a well-developed road network, connecting key urban and tourist centers within the country. The total length of roads in the State is 72,416 km. Out of this, the length of the national highway is 4676 km and State highway is 8333 km. Six National Highways, including trunk routes of Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Bangalore and Delhi-Hyderabad, passes through the State. The Government of Madhya Pradesh has accorded special priority to road development in the State and has therefore, prepared a road policy to meet the challenges ahead.
Madhya Pradesh has a well-connected rail network. Major railway junctions in the State are Bhopal, Bina, Gwalior, Indore, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katani, Ratlam and Ujjain. The main rail route linking Northern India with Southern India passes through the State. Also, there are divisional railways headquarters located at Bhopal, Ratlam and Jabalpur.
The State has convenient air linkages to all the major cities of India as well as of world. Major airports in the State are at Bhopal, Indore, Khajuraho, Jabalpur and Gwalior. They have regular flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Varanasi, Nagpur, etc. Also, Bhopal is connected to Jaipur, Raipur and Nagpur by Vayudoot.
Madhya Pradesh has made rapid strides in the field of basic telephony. It has internet connectivity at all 45 districts. In most of the districts, the internet connectivity also extends to the tehsil places and it is possible to browse the net even from far off places. The reliability of this service is ensured through an optical fibre cable network that runs through a total of 18,000 routes in the State. Idea, BSNL, Reliance, Airtel and Tata Indicom are the major telecom players in the State.
The total installed power generation capacity in the State is 7405 MW. Madhya Pradesh is rich in low-grade coal suitable for power generation and has immense potential of hydro-energy. There are eight hydro-electric power stations in the State with 747.5 MW installed capacity. Besides, the State Government has formed a joint venture (Narmada Hydro Electric Development Corporation) with National Hydro-Electric Power Corporation, a Government of India undertaking, for execution of 1000 MW Indira Sagar Hydro-Electric Project and 520 MW Omkareshwar Hydro-Electric Power Project.