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 […]



High Hopes
Sector growth to be driven by government initiatives and new technologies

February 2019

A little over one-third of the population, close to 500 million Indians, live in cities and generate the bulk of India’s national income, accounting for about 70 per cent of the GDP. The urban population […]



Impressive Progress
All levels of government working towards improving SWM practices

February 2019

Management of municipal solid waste (MSW) in cities and towns has gained significance over the past two decades and with the launch of the MSW Rules in 2000, urban local bodies (ULBs) are under pressure […]



Growth Potential
Emerging opportunities in the mining sector

March 2019

The mining sector holds huge potential, even though it has been expanding only gradually. Bulk minerals such as coal, iron ore, bauxite and limestone present the maximum opportunity. These minerals serve critical end-use industries such […]



Deployment Drive
Use of new mining techniques and equipment

March 2019

Forming the backbone of the economy, the mining sector is a key driver of economic growth. Despite a rich resource base and a huge potential to drive growth, the domestic mining sector lags behind in […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



On the Right Track
Trends and developments in the railway sector

April 2019

The railway sector has received a lot of attention in the past couple of years. There has been a surge in activity in terms of the launch of big-ticket programmes and schemes, introduction of a […]



Promising Future
Opportunities galore in the railway sector    

April 2019

The railway sector is poised to become one of the major drivers for economic growth in the country, given the huge Rs 10 trillion investment planned for the next four-five years. This investment will go […]



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 […]



Growth to Continue
Infrastructure activity sets the ball rolling for construction

January 2019

The Indian economy has been on a high- growth trajectory during the past three to four years, notwithstanding structural shocks such as the implementation of the goods and services tax and demonetisation causing a blip […]



Policy Changes
Sector-specific measures leading to construction upswing

January 2019

The pick-up in construction activity across the country has been aided by various reforms and initiatives taken by the government in the past two to three years. A slew of measures ranging from removal of […]



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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