October 2019

October 2019

Both positive and negative trends are visible in the road sector. Project awards dropped sharply in 2018-19 as the economic slowdown impacted the sector. However, actual construction continued to see a rising trend. In the […]

September 2019

September 2019

The past year has seen a lot of activity in the aviation sector. Though there’s been a slowdown in traffic in the past six months, breakneck growth through the past six years has led to […]

August 2019

August 2019

Asharp deterioration in the GDP growth rate has led to concerns about the state of the economy. There are differences of opinion about the cause of decline: is it structural or cyclical? However, there is […]

July 2019

July 2019

Managing India’s growing energy demand will be a major challenge through till 2030. The country imports over 80 per cent of its crude and over 30 per cent of its gas, and demand is slated […]

June 2019

June 2019

The maritime transport sector is heavily dependent on the global trade cycle and that, unfortunately, looks as though it is going into a decline. This means less cargo activity and lower shipping rates for a […]

May 2019

May 2019

The reform momentum has slowed down across the power sector in the past year. AT&C losses rose after a couple of years of substantial reductions. The gap between the average cost of supply and the […]

April 2019

April 2019

Despite the development of alternative modes of transportation, IR remains the key player in India’s transport and logistics sector. It performs two key roles. It has the crucial economic task of transporting freight and passengers […]

March 2019

March 2019

Mining contributes to around 2.5 per cent of GDP. It could, however, contribute a lot more, given India’s abundance of natural resources and the focus on infrastructural development that guarantees strong demand for minerals. However, […]

January 2019

January 2019

The construction industry and its value chain and ancillaries depend heavily on infrastructure activity for growth. The sector is also the largest employment generator outside of agriculture. The past two years have seen improvements in […]

December 2018

December 2018

The past few months have been challenging for the infrastructure sector as financiers have faced multiple issues. While inflation remained under control, banks suffering from a combination of toxic loans and poor liquidity remained very […]

November 2018

November 2018

Rapid urbanisation has been a driver of growth. But it has also stressed inadequate urban infrastructure to breaking point. Public transport is one of the many areas of concern. Poor public transport leads to more […]

October 2018

October 2018

The road sector was in deep trouble some five years ago. Bidders were highly optimistic during the 2010-12 period and made bids (including offering negative grants) that more or less guaranteed financial trouble. Indeed, many […]

September 2018
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

September 2018

The civil aviation sector has seen a lot of activity in the past year or so. There has been expansion in airport capacity and the new RCS has taken off in an encouraging fashion. A […]

Letter from the Publisher

August 2018

With this issue, we celebrate our twentieth anniversary. We take this opportunity to reflect on the journey of infrastructure development in India. The issue provides a view of the past 20 years – progress, setbacks, […]

July 2018
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

July 2018

India is the world’s fastest growing large economy and energy demand is growing in tandem with fast macroeconomic growth. India is already the world’s largest importer of crude, and the fourth largest importer of natural […]

June 2018
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

June 2018

The maritime sector’s fortunes ebb and surge with trade activity. Global trade has been slow for the past several years and that has adversely affected growth. The Indian ports and shipping sector has seen slow […]

May 2018
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

May 2018

The power sector saw several interesting developments last year. For the first time ever, in 2017-18, capacity additions in the renewables category – mainly in solar – overtook conventional capacity additions.  Power lines reached every […]

April 2018
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

April 2018

The Indian Railways is cash-strapped, accident-prone and suffering from slow revenue growth. It is also the single most important element in the domestic transport infrastructure and it has ambitious plans. If all goes well, it […]

March 2018
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

March 2018

Mining is the backbone for multiple manufacturing sectors and it is also the source of various metals, limestone and coal and other minerals. India is fortunate in that it has an abundance of many key […]

February 2018
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

February 2018

Union Budget 2018-19 allocated Rs 5.97 trillion for infrastructure, which is a substantial increase of about Rs 1.03 trillion over the outlay for 2017-18. The finance minister estimated that the country needs about Rs 50 […]

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