India 8th Least Nimby!

Best & Worst of Indian Urban Infrastructure - Airports, Digital Connectivity, Motorways and Rail infrastructure rated best; Cycle Facilities, Electric Vehicle Charging, Flood Defenses, Pedestrian Pathways and Water Supply & Sewerage rated worst: GIIA-Ipsos Global Infrastructure Index 2019

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India is one of the Least Nimby markets on the Nimby (Not in my Backyard) Index - one of the markets least opposed to building of new infrastructure in the local  area.


How does India’s urban infrastructure stack up?

Airports (80%), Digital Connectivity (high speed broadband, full fiber network, 5G) (65%), Motorways (63%) and Rail (metro & others)  (62%) rated best! Rated worst in urban infrastructure include Cycle Facilities (cycle routes/ lanes) (36%), Electric Vehicle Charging (EV charging infrastructure) (37%), Flood defenses (38%), Pavements, Pedestrian (pavements, footpaths & pedestrian areas) (43%) and Water and sewerage (44%) infrastructure.

Interestingly, somewhere dangling in the middle are the areas of Infrastructure, like, Housing Supply (58%), Nuclear (nuclear infrastructure to generate energy) (57%), Solar Energy (53%) Local Roads (52%) and Wind Energy (48%).

"India has made giant leaps in ramping up the new symbols of infra, whether it is our  airports & digital connectivity, or our quality of roads and highways and of course metros and high speed trains.  And as has emerged in our survey, govt. needs to focus on infra for cycle lanes, EV Charge points wider accessability and flood defences (contingency plans),” said Amit Adarkar, Ipsos India CEO & Operations Director, Ipsos APAC. 

Future Course for India’s Infrastructure

Investing in infrastructure vital for fueling economic growth feel majority of Indians (77%). 

Ramp up infrastructure in the local area (75%).

Majority support investment of businesses in the private sector towards infrastructure if it means that India gets the infrastructure it needs (68%).

Foreign investment in new infrastructure OK if it means better quality (63%).

As a country we need to do more to meet our infrastructure needs, feel 59% of urban Indians polled.

Our track record for getting national infrastructure projects right, needs to improve, feel 53% of urban Indians polled.

Global Prioritization for  Infrastructure

Top priorities identified by global citizens (including Indians) were, solar energy infrastructure (42%), water supply & sewerage (39%), flood defences (38%) and local road network (35%).

Indians happy with Urban Infrastructure

Interestingly, 57% of urban Indians have rated India good on urban infrastructure, which places India 3rd among 28 markets, after China & Saudi Arabia.  

Global citizens are quite unhappy with the quality of infrastructure.


28 countries, 19,516 participants, 26 July–9 August 2019 (online):
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States of America denotes 1,000+ sample size

Participants were adults aged 18-64 in the US and Canada, and adults aged 16-64 in all other countries.

Results may not sum to 100% and combinations to their constituent %  (e.g. very/ fairly satisfied) due to computer rounding.

The 2016-2019 surveys used the same methodology, but the profile of participating countries changed. This means that the global trend does not always involve a like-for-like comparison. In 2018, Romania and Czech Republic were included, China wasn’t. This year, Romania and Czech Republic were not included, but some questions were fielded in China.


The author(s)

  • Madhurima Bhatia Media Relations and Content lead

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