Going Digital
Ports deploying new technologies to improve efficiency levels

May 2020

Growing competition has led ports to focus on improving efficiency and productivity through modernisation and mechanisation of their facilities as well as digitalisation of operations. This is evident from the increasing technology penetration in recent […]



Fast-tracking Clearances
Recent technology initiatives at ports for customs facilitation

May 2020

Technology has an important role to play in simplifying and fast-tracking customs procedures at ports by ensuring efficiency, transparency and accountability. India is not only aiming to meet the requirements of the World Trade Organization’s […]



Segment Snapshot
Key trends, developments and outlook for tunneling

July 2020

With increased investment in infrastructure development, the country has transformed into one of the fastest growing markets for tunnel construction. A number of sectors such as railways, roads, hydropower, water supply and metro rail offer […]



Major Hindrances
Construction experience and challenges in the tunnelling segment

July 2020

Over the years, contracting practices have evolved from item-rate contracts to engineering, procurement and construction and design-build-operate contracts. The technology deployed for tunnel construction too has evolved greatly from the drill and blast method (DBM) […]



In Focus
Flying for All envisioned along with capacity augmentation

September 2019

The past few years have been quite eventful for the airport sector. India’s emergence as the fastest growing aviation market is visible from the growth in traffic volumes. As part of its Vision for 2040, […]



Spreading its Wings
Plans and prospects under Vision 2040

September 2019

Airport infrastructure development has witnessed modest progress in the past few years. Policy conduciveness, regulatory ease and evolving business models mark the current scenario. During 2018-19, total passenger traffic to, from and within India grew […]



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) […]



Stymied Growth
Mining sector struggling to take off

March 2020

Despite huge potential, the country’s mining sector is highly underdeveloped. The sector needs to deploy global technologies for improving its productivity and achieving sustainable growth. In the past decade, a number of mines have been […]



Policy Stimulus
Drive to liberalise mining sector and attract FDI

March 2020

The past year has been quite an important one for the Indian mining industry. The Ministry of Mines and the Ministry of Coal (MoC) have announced a few key policy measures to address the long-pending […]



Revival in Sight

December 2019

The Indian economy is going through a period of decelerated growth. The GDP growth rate slid to 4.5 per cent in the second quarter of 2019-20, the lowest since 2013-14. This is also the sixth […]



Strategic Moves
Government betting on disinvestment and asset monetisation for revenue mobilization

December 2019

As per the Economic Survey 2018-19, India needs to spend 7-8 per cent of its GDP on infrastructure annually that translates into an annual infrastructure investment of $200 billion. However, the country’s annual infrastructure spend […]



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 […]



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 […]



Going Strong
IR’s growth, key focus areas and outlook

April 2020

In the past few years, Indian Railways (IR) has made great strides in improving its level of service. According to the Economic Survey 2018-19, IR carried 1.2 billion tonnes of freight and 8.4 billion passengers […]



Accelerating Development
Recent measures taken to transform the sector

April 2020

Indian Railways (IR) has embarked upon a journey of transformation with a number of initiatives under way for developing infrastructure, improving the passenger experience and increasing the overall competitiveness of the freight segment vis-a-vis other […]



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 […]



Following the UK Model

July 2020

Amit Kathpalia, MRICS, FIE, FICCP, AFFMASCE, Member SCL (UK), Infrastructure Contracts Specialist and Trainer  Cash flow forms the lifeline of a construction project and is enabled through timely and correct payments as per the terms […]



Looking Up
Downturn in construction sector to reverse soon

January 2020

As the economy stares at decelerating GDP growth, the construction sector has been hit hard. Headwinds in the past year curtailed the growth of the sector. A fall in road construction activity, the slow pace […]



Unfavourable Times
Experience and challenges with HAM  

October 2020

Government support to the road sector has been crucial at the present time. One of the worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, green shoots of recovery are finally being seen in the road sector. Traffic […]



Regaining Lost Ground
Road sector seeing faster-than-anticipated recovery

October 2020

The road sector has been through many lows in the past year. Factors such as an economic slowdown, the general elections, and a crisis in the financial sector contributed to the slowdown in highway construction. […]



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. […]



Tough Times
Review of the oil and gas sector

June 2020

Oil and natural gas form an important part of India’s energy matrix. The past few years have been quite eventful for the sector, with the introduction of a slew of reforms and policy measures to […]



Bracing for Uncertainties
Recent policy measures and the impact of COVID-19

June 2020

India is the third largest consumer of energy in the world. It accounts for 5.2 per cent of the global oil demand and has the fourth largest refining capacity. However, the country relies heavily on […]



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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