Meanwhile in India the proposed budget for 2018-2019 fiscal for Railway Capital Expenditure is triple that of last year.
Among the big goals are significant double, triple and quadruple tracking. Completion of the dedicated freight corridor connecting Mumbai and Kolkata to Delhi and the North. And most surprisingly complete electrification of the system in five years. One thing that is clear is they do not think small and they don;t do silly gimmicks when they think infrastructure investment in that part of the world.
Do note that this does not included the Defense Ministry investment in construction of strategic rail links in the border areas, which includes projects like the spectacular Kashmir Rail Link. It also does not include foreign relations related rail projects like new and restored cross border links with Bangladesh, including the proposed trans-Bangladesh service between Kolkata and Agartala that is in the works, which includes India contributing to dual gauging the Dhaka to Akahura link that is currently Meter Gauge. All those come from a different part of the budget.
This is also not to say that either the Road or Aviation budgets are being short changed.