January 2018
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

January 2018

Steel finds uses across multiple industries. The big-ticket consumption comes from general construction, and the railways, housing and road sectors. Demand for steel in various grades and alloys varies directly with activity in these areas. […]

December 2017
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

December 2017

Bank credit still remains the largest source of funding for the infrastructure sector, though it has declined in recent years due to the stressed position of bank balance sheets and the large number of NPAs […]

November 2017
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

November 2017

Given the speed of urbanisation in the country, there is an urgent need to develop mass public transit systems as quickly as possible. Indeed, a number of metro rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects […]

October 2017
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

October 2017

The road sector has seen increased activity in the past year both in terms of project award as well as work on the ground. The current construction rate is averaging about 18 km per day […]

September 2017
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

September 2017

The overall outlook for the civil aviation sector looks positive. Fuel prices remain at moderate levels; traffic growth rates have accelerated; airline financials have seen upticks. Several operators are looking to increase fleet size and […]

July 2017
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

July 2017

In the past 12 months, the oil and gas sector has seen the initiation of policy changes that could have useful outcomes a few years down the line. As of now, global crude and gas […]

June 2017
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

June 2017

The maritime sector has been under pressure for years, due to weak global demand, low shipping rates and contraction in imports and exports. However, there has been progress on the policy front and that should […]

May 2017
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

May 2017

The power sector has seen a key shift in the mix of capacity addition in the past year. Capacity additions in renewables exceeded that in conventional power. At the same time, the coal supply chain […]

April 2017
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

April 2017

The political establishment has consistently sent out mixed signals regarding the multiple roles played by Indian Railways. On the one hand, IR has to be a key transporter, moving goods and people across the country […]

March 2017
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

March 2017

India possesses many useful minerals such as coal and limestone, and a whole range of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. These serve as raw materials and feedstock for key sectors like power, fertiliser, cement, etc. Mining […]

February 2017
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

February 2017

The concrete estimates in Union Budget 2017-18 are liable to change, since the GST couldcome into play within a few months, leading to a transformation of the tax collection system.The budget also doesn’t take the […]

January 2017
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

January 2017

The construction industry has seen a phase of muted activity. It has been impacted by ten-sions around the mixed impact of the GST, and by slow project execution and a generic slow-down. However, there’s optimism […]

October 2016
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

October 2016

The road sector has seen multiple policy tweaks in the past year. At the central level, the minister has spent a lot of time and personal equity bringing stakeholders to the negotiating table to unclog […]

September 2016
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

September 2016

The civil aviation industry seems to be in a sweet spot at the moment with a series of positive developments over the past couple of years. Low crude prices have significantly reduced operational costs and […]

August 2016
Letter from the Publisher

August 2016

With this issue, we celebrate our eighteenth anniversary. As before, we take this opportunity to reflect on the state of the infrastructure sectors and the key trends. There is certainly more activity in most of […]

July 2016
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

July 2016

The global slowdown has cast a dark cloud with exports dropping for the past six quarters. But there has been a silver lining in the form of low crude and gas prices.  This has led […]

June 2016
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

June 2016

The ports and shipping sector has suffered in the past three to four years from a weak global macro environment and low demand. India’s exports have shrunk considerably, while imports have also reduced. One result […]

May 2016
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

May 2016

Electricity generation was one of the bright spots in 2015-16. Generation rose by 6 per cent as a proactive ministry sorted out fuel supply problems and thus enabled higher plant load factors.  There was also […]

April 2016
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

April 2016

Indian Railways has to tackle multiple challenges. It faces competition from a number of modes of transport – road, airlines and even from inland waterways. IR’s share of freight and passenger traffic movement has been […]

March 2016
EDITOR Devangshu Datta

March 2016

India has been blessed with a large and varied basket of minerals and it possesses the raw materials to supply sectors such as power generation, gas distribution, iron and steel, fertiliser, cement, etc. Those resources […]

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