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 […]



Taking Centre Stage

December 2017

India’s growth story has been an impressive one, withstanding global headwinds witnessed in recent times. Though there has been some deceleration in the past year, the country’s performance is still better than that of many […]



New Initiatives
Some progress in infrastructure financing despite slow takeoff

December 2017

Given the lack of adequate financing for infrastructure, alternative sources are being looked at to reduce dependence on banks, which   have slowed lending to the infrastructure sector owing to a number of issues. During the […]



Improving Mobility
Expansion and modernisation of mass transit systems

November 2017

A well-planned integrated urban transport system is of utmost relevance for Indian cities that are experiencing ever-increasing volumes of traffic. Today, these cities are characterised by increasing levels of traffic congestion, overcrowded and inconvenient buses […]



Challenging Economics
Need to ramp up non-farebox revenues

November 2017

The urban mass transit (UMT) segment continues to be funded largely by the government, with allocations from the central and state governments. Multilateral funding too plays an important role. Upfront financing of UMT projects is […]



Growing Network
Government boosts inland waterways transport

July 2017

Despite India’s expansive inland waterways network, the potential of this cheaper and greener mode of transport is yet to be fully harnessed. Cargo carried by inland waterways has seen an increase of around 75 per […]



Set for a Sea Change
Sagarmala likely to be a game changer, but implementation will be the key

June 2017

The maritime sector is an important contributor to the country’s growth, accounting for about 95 per cent of the export-import (exim) trade by volume and 70 per cent by value. The past few years have […]



Generation Round-up
Capacity addition from renewables surpasses that from other sources

May 2017

It was a transformational year for the power generation segment. In 2016-17, for the first time in the country, the capacity addition by the renewable segment was the highest across all the sources of generation. […]



Record Additions
Share of renewables exceeds that of hydropower

May 2017

Renewable energy has experienced tremendous growth in the past one year, with its cumulative installed capacity surpassing that of hydro power. As of end-March 2017, the country’s total renewable energy capacity stood at around 57.26 […]



Gaining Direction
Measures to improve the railway network

April 2017

The railway sector has undoubtedly been one of the key focus areas of the government for several years. It is aiming to transform Indian Railways (IR) through four key strategies – expanding capacity and modernising […]



Abuzz with Activity
Recent developments in the railway sector

April 2017

A host of enabling initiatives have been introduced in the railway sector in the past year. Several policy initiatives have been taken by Indian Railways (IR) to promote the ease of doing business and increase […]



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, […]



Easing the Way
MoRTH removes most of the pre-construction bottlenecks

October 2017

The road sector has witnessed a turnaround in the past three years. National highway projects covering about 34,000 km were awarded between 2014-15 and 2016-17, almost double the length awarded in the preceding three fiscal […]



Moving Apace
Update on key government programmes

October 2017

The central government has initiated a number of programmes to improve the country’s road network. These programmes focus on the augmentation of existing infrastructure as well as development of new roads and bridges. The key […]



New Heights
Airport infrastructure, passenger and freight traffic growing apace

September 2017

The year 2016-17 has been a positive one for the Indian aviation sector, with the growth in passenger and freight traffic being maintained, and new routes being opened up under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). […]



Towards Growth
Government initiatives driving sector development

September 2017

In April 2017, the central government gave wing to its ambitious Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) by launching flights from Shimla, Nanded and Kadapa airports. The move is reflective of the intent of the government to […]



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. […]



Set to Grow
An overview of the oil and gas sector

July 2017

The country’s oil and gas sector is currently at an inflection point for a number of reasons. These include a host of policy measures that have been introduced in the past 12-18 months, changing supply […]



Setting the Stage
Policy initiatives and their impact on the sector

July 2017

Energy security is high on the agenda of the central government. As the country’s energy mix is weighted heavily towards coal, the government has been actively promoting a shift towards more sustainable sources such as […]



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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