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 […]



Funding Uptick
Progress across most infrastructure financing avenues

December 2018

The Indian economy has exhibited resilient growth and a steady performance in the past two years. GDP grew at 6.7 per cent in 2017-18, recovering from the jolt caused by demonetisation and the introduction of […]



Reality Check

December 2018

Even as the government has been making consistent efforts at enhancing infrastructural capacity, bank lending to the sector has shown sharp contraction over the past two years. The increasing level of non-performing assets (NPAs) has […]



Mobility Solutions
Expansion of urban mass transit systems

November 2018

An efficient and integrated urban transportation system is critical to a city’s development plans. At present, about 34 per cent of the country’s population resides in urban areas. Traffic congestion is the most pervasive transport […]



Funding Mass Transit
Economics and financing of UMT projects

November 2018

Urban mass transit (UMT) is a highly capital-intensive segment with high economic internal rates of return of 22-25 per cent and low financial rates of return of around 3.5 per cent only. This results in […]



Promising Future
Focus on port-led development yielding results

June 2018

India’s maritime transport growth is driven by developments in the global economy – growth in world output and trade – as well as the domestic economy. The past four-five years have witnessed weak world trade […]



Recent Developments
A year of important policy interventions

June 2018

The past year has been an important one for the port sector. Several key developments have taken place centred on port modernisation and the promotion of ease of doing business. Progress was noted in the […]



Generation Round-up
Low PLFs and rising stressed assets cast a shadow on segment

May 2018

Capacity addition by renewable energy sources continues to outpace that by conventional sources. In 2017-18, about 11,788 MW of renewable energy capacity was added while capacity addition by conventional sources including thermal and hydro stood […]



Rise in Renewables
Segment reaches nearly 70 GW capacity

May 2018

The renewable energy segment has seen remarkable developments over the past few years, driven by the government’s efforts to create a conducive policy and regulatory environment. The segment has been further aided by a sharp […]



Big Plans, Small Steps
IR yet to improve operating performance

April 2018

IIn recent years, the railway sector has undoubtedly attracted considerable government attention aimed at a transformation to make the carrier more modern, safe and self-sustainable. However, only modest progress has been achieved in this regard. […]



Promoting PPPs
IR expands scope for private participation

April 2018

In a bid to modernise the railway sector, Indian Railways (IR) has recently turned towards enhancing the role of public-private partnerships (PPPs) through the introduction of encouraging policies and initiatives. Although the experience with PPPs […]



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 […]



Digging Deeper
Is commercial coal mining such a transformative idea?

March 2018

Dipesh Dipu, Founder and Partner, Jenissi Management Consultants The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the methodology for the auction of coal mines for commercial mining. Earlier, the Ministry of Coal had published a […]



Construction Constraints
Sector awaits a kick-start in activity

January 2017

India’s construction sector is an important determinant of its economic growth as it provides employment on a large scale and has a multiplier effect due to the creation of infrastructure assets. The sector provides employment […]



Implementation Impact
Effect of the GST on the construction sector

January 2017

The long-pending implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) is expected to bring a significant change to the economic environment in which businesses operate. The construction sector is no exception. The new tax regime, […]



Leaving No Stone Unturned
Government’s proactive role in promoting road development

October 2018

The past few years have been quite eventful for the road sector. The government has not only infused the much desired momentum in the sector, but has also tried its best to be innovative. A […]



Views of L.P. Padhy
“The first TOT bundle was successful in attracting huge investor interest”

October 2018

The government has embarked upon an ambitious programme of constructing 66,100 km of roads under the Bharatmala Pariyojana. In order to achieve this target, large-scale funding is required and, therefore, several innovative means of raising […]



Big Numbers
Airport sector logs double-digit growth

September 2018

The erstwhile sluggishly growing airport sector has managed to witness double-digit traffic growth since 2014-15. In line with the increased demand for air travel, capacity creation is also on the rise. The Airports Authority of […]



Better Connectivity
RCS makes air travel more accessible and affordable

September 2018

The central government launched the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) about three years ago with the aim of providing air connectivity to underserved and unserved cities in the country. The move is reflective of the government’s […]



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. […]



Tall Targets
Focus on improving production amidst price volatility

July 2018

The Indian economy is the world’s third largest economy (in terms of purchasing power parity), growing at an average rate of 7 per cent per annum. The country is also the third largest energy consumer […]



Policy Support
Attempts to increase production and reduce the oil import bill

July 2018

India has seen a continuous growth in the consumption of petroleum products. However, domestic production has failed to keep pace with this growth in demand. This has led to a massive spike in imports. Taking […]



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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