Road to Progress
State-level initiatives, new projects and opportunities

October 2021

The road development activity at the state level has been erratic since the onset of the pandemic. The execution of new road projects, as well as the prompt completion of ex­is­ting ones, has been a […]



Recovery Path
Construction momentum continues in the road sector despite Covid disruptions

October 2021

The road sector has been able to retain the momentum in activity despite the Covid-19 disruptions. The government achieved a record construction rate during the pandemic year. In spite of hiccups such as toll disruptions, […]



Improving Urban Mobility
Sector overview, new trends and future outlook

September 2021

The urban transport sector has made significant progress over the past few years. The outbreak of the pandemic impacted the promoters and operators of mass transit systems in the country. The ridership of city buses […]



Investment Options

September 2021

Urban mass transit (UMT) is a highly capital-intensive segment and is funded mainly by the central and state governments along with debt financing from various multilateral funding agencies. These agencies play a vital role as […]



Promising Prospects
Emerging tunnelling trends and recent developments

July 2021

The increased investments in infrastructure development have transformed India into one of the fastest growing markets for tunnel construction. The growth in tunnelling activity is driven by a robust project pipeline in the urban rail, […]



New Techniques
Advancements in TBM, micro-tunnelling and NATM technologies

July 2021

The tunnelling sector has been gaining traction in the past few years. A large number of infrastructure projects are being implemented across sectors such as railways, roads and highways, water supply and sewerage, and urban […]



Making Headway
Sector progress on the back of government initiatives

February 2022

The port sector in India is being driven by high growth in external trade. Imports fr­om China soared to almost $100 billion in 2021. Indian exports to China too are steadily increasing. India’s import basket […]



Bouncing Back
Key trends and outlook for the port industry

February 2022

At a time when the maritime industry was suffering from weak domestic performance and foreign trade difficulties, the Covid-19 pandemic created new hurdles. While the industry has begun to show signs of recovery since June […]



Moving Apace

January 2022

The construction sector recovered from the impact of Covid-19 in the second half of 2020-21, with the pace of execution cro­s­sing pre-Covid levels. This recovery was impacted in the first quarter of 2021-22 due to […]



Construction Trends
Industry perspective on recent initiatives and developments

January 2022

The government has taken exemplary steps during Covid-19 to boost the liquidity of construction players and fast-track dispute resolution. Besides, the National In­frastructure Pipeline (NIP) provides a plethora of opportunities for the construction industry. The […]



On the Lookout
Catalysing infrastructure growth through new funding avenues

December 2020

As the country continues to battle the Covid-19 crisis, the government has adopted a dynamic approach to bring the flagging economy back on track. Through its Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the government aims to create a […]



Muted Growth
Lending from banks and NBFCs on a slow lane

December 2020

The country’s financial sector is going through troubled times. The woes of banks and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) do not seem to end. Though supportive measures to provide relief to the financial system have been […]



Gradual Recovery
Positive long-term prospects for revival in the airport sector

November 2021

The aviation industry has been going through turbulent times, having been hit by two waves of the Covid-19 pandemic. Disruption in air traffic has severely impacted airport authorities’ bottom lines. Recovery in air traffic is […]



Opportunities Open Up
Aviation sector to benefit from a robust pipeline under the NIP

November 2021

Among the fastest growing businesses in the world, India’s airport operations have progressed to become the third-largest do­mestic civil aviation industry in the world, with substantial growth potential. In recent years, the Indian airport industry […]



A Ray of Hope
Trends and opportunities in the urban rail sector

September 2020

The metro rail sector has been growing steadily over the past few years. Private participation, though limited, is gradually expanding in unbundled services such as fare collection, running of trains, and operation and maintenance of […]



Collateral Damage

September 2020

The urban rail sector came to a standstill due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The complete suspension of metro services for five months and the cessation of construction activities for the first two months of the […]



Powering Up Ports
Progress and opportunities under the Sagarmala programme

May 2021

The Sagarmala programme was launched by the Ministry of Shipping in July 2015 to harness the potential of the country’s 7,500 km long coastline, 14,500 km of conceivably navigable waterways, and a strategic location on […]



Smart Ecosystem
Efforts to digitalise port and ship operations

May 2021

Ease of doing business is one of the key focus areas of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW). To this end, the ministry and ports have undertaken various modernisation, mechanisation and digitalisation initiatives […]



On the Right Track
Sagarmala driving growth, but miles to go

June 2019

The past few years have been significant for the port sector. The sector has benefited from the strong intent and increased support of the government for port-led development. The unveiling of the Sagarmala programme, in […]



Year in Review
Project award and ease of doing business pick up pace

June 2019

In the past year, the government has unveiled several initiatives aimed at developing the Indian port sector and sustaining its growth. Several key developments have been centred on port modernisation and the promotion of ease […]



Generation Review
Government initiates reforms to alleviate sector stress

May 2019

The generation segment witnessed several policy reforms in the past year aimed at pulling it out of its stressed state. Progressive measures were announced by the government in the areas of hydro and coal. Renewables […]



Recharging Renewables
Sector gears up for a mid-course correction

May 2019

The year 2018-19 has been an eventful one for the country’s renewable energy sector. India jumped three places to become the second largest clean energy investment market worldwide as per the Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s […]



Water Conscious
Utilities focus on new technologies and greater privatisation to improve water services

February 2020

Recognising the need for modern infrastructure facilities and improved service delivery, a number of urban local bodies (ULBs) have turned to advanced technological solutions for efficient water supply management. Over the past decade or so, […]



Tackling Trash
Some progress made but a long way to go

February 2020

The management of municipal solid waste (MSW) has received greater attention in the past three to four years. In 2016, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) revised the solid waste management (SWM) […]



Big Steps
Trends and developments in the mining industry

March 2021

While Covid-19 has had serious implications for the mining industry, mining companies have shown remarkable resilience, continuing operations even during the pandemic. There is a significant focus on the automation of mining operations and use […]



Covid Hit

March 2021

The mining sector carries a weight of approximately 14.4 per cent on the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and it grew at a compound annual growth rate of 2.1 per cent during the period 2013-2020. […]



Funding Uptick
Bright road ahead for infrastructure financing

December 2021

Infrastructure financing has received a fresh lease of life with the government’s National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) initiative and its asset monetisation drive. Taking cognisance of the importance of patient capital for infrastructure projects, the government […]



Views of P.R. Jaishankar
“IIFCL has achieved a fivefold increase in profits”

December 2021

The road ahead for infrastructure financing in India looks promising despite the macroeconomic headwinds. A number of alternative and long-term funding avenues are being explored in addition to traditional sources. In an interview with Indian […]



Bright Future
Indian steel industry poised for growth

January 2018

India’s economic growth is positively correlated with the growth of its steel industry. Steel continues to have a strong hold over traditional sectors such as construction, housing, roads and railways. The steel sector accounts for […]



Sector Reform
National Steel Policy, 2017, gives impetus to industry

January 2018

The global steel industry is currently characterised by excess capacity, a challenge that continues to plague the sector. This has had a bearing on international steel prices and the profitability of steel producers, and has […]



Getting Future Ready
IR performance and expansion plans

April 2022

Indian Railways (IR) has displayed a note­worthy performance in financial year 2021-22. It has achieved milestones in various categories including freight loading, electrification, new line/doubling/gauge conversion, locomotive production, and technology integration for ensuring safety. From […]



Big Plans
Financing strategies and investment opportunities

April 2022

The railway sector has been one of the key focus areas of the government for several years now. With the aim of transforming and modernising Indian Railways (IR), the government has made considerable investme­nts in […]



Digital Route
IR implements advanced technologies to improve operations

April 2022

Indian Railways (IR) operates on a massive scale and is among the world’s largest rail networks. It is spread over more than 68,000 route km. In the past few years, IR has increased its focus […]



Policy Impetus
Reforms aimed at spurring growth of the mining sector

March 2018

The mining sector forms the backbone of the country’s industrial, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. India produces as many as 95 minerals, which comprise 4 fuel, 10 metallic, 23 non-metallic, 3 atomic and 55 minor minerals […]



Asset Creation on the Rise
Recently commissioned projects across sectors

February 2018

Project commissioning has been on the rise across infrastructure sectors in the past few years. In fact, the years 2016 and 2017 witnessed the completion of several projects owing to the government’s thrust on resolving […]



Unfinished Tasks
Top ongoing infrastructure projects

February 2018

India Infrastructure Research tracked a total of 568 ongoing projects across seven sectors – power, railways, water supply and sanitation, urban rail, airports, roads and ports. These projects are worth at least Rs 17.21 trillion. […]



Bright Prospects
Recent policy and regulatory developments in the oil and gas sector

March 2022

India is looking to transform into a gas-based economy as it targets to increase the share of natural gas in its energy mix from 6 per cent in 2019 to 15 per cent by 2030. […]



Project Pipeline
Gas infrastructure growth in India

March 2022

India is the third largest primary energy consumer in the world after China and the US. With its gro­w­ing population and urbanisation there will be a growing need for affordable energy in the country. The […]



Idea and Vodafone expand 2G ICR arrangements; sign 4G ICR

February 2018

Idea Cellular and Vodafone India have expanded their 2G intra-circle roaming (ICR) arrangements and have signed a 4G ICR to avoid duplication of expenditure and best utilise capex. This has been done in addition to […]



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