Up to Speed
Trends and outlook for the railway sector

December 2021

The railway sector has been registering high growth rates over the past few years. While infrastructure creation has been at an all-time high, new ways of improving operati­onal efficiency and passenger experience have also been […]



Working with Waste
Key trends and developments in industrial effluent management

December 2021

Industries are major consumers of water. With the pace of industrial development inc­reasing, water demand too has been rising. A large quantity of the water consumed reappears as effluents, which are discharged into waterbodies without […]



Waste Management
O&M of sewage treatment plants

December 2021

India has come a long way in the past de­ca­de as far as treatment of sewage is co­ncer­ned. The country has undertaken vari­ous initiatives and has established over 1,000 sewage tr­eat­ment plants (STPs). The construction […]



On the Upswing: Affordable housing market sees accelerated demand post-Covid

April 2022

Post the first wave of Covid-19, the residential housing market in India has shown a remarkable recovery. While the recovery was driven by the concession in stamp duty in some states, lower interest rates, discounts […]



Better Living
Progress under PMAY

March 2022

The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) was launched on June 25, 2015 to overcome the urban housing sh­or­­tage and ensure a pucca house for eligible urban households by the year 2022. The PMAY-U is being […]



Growing Space
Data centre market presents a host of opportunities for stakeholders

April 2022

The data centre market is growing very ra­pidly, both globally and domestically. The glo­bal data centre market is poised for gro­wth, driven by the adoption of disruptive te­chnologies. The global installed data centre ca­pacity in […]



Intelligent Cities
Emerging data centre demand and deployment

April 2022

Data centres are a vital component of intelligent cities. As smart cities flourish amidst rapid urbanisation and information and communication technology development, the demand for building more and more data centres is rising. At a […]



Bridge Innovation
Advancements in design, engineering and construction

May 2022

Over the last few years, there have been ad­vancements in the areas of bridge design, engineering and construction in India with the adoption of latest technology and smart construction materials. Also, by us­ing innovative assessment […]



Smart Options
New materials for bridge construction

May 2022

Bridge building involves conceptual and computational aspects. The concep­tual aspect focuses on the materials to be used and the combinations to be chosen to build an economical structure that meets safety standards. The computational aspect […]



Continued Focus
Increased use of treated wastewater by industries

December 2020

Water consumption in an industrial unit depends mostly on the type of manufacturing process. Thermal power plants, oil refineries, steel and cement manufacturing, and the engineering, paper and textile industries are some of the key […]



Achieving Sustainability
Management practices, alternative water sources and unaddressed issues in industrial water consumption

December 2020

Industrial water management has become an area of critical importance in the past few years due to a range of issues such as freshwater availability, statutory regulations and the increasing cost of water. Various industries […]



Market Overview
Positive outlook for geosynthetics in the country

February 2022

The application of geosynthetics in the in­frastructure sector is becoming more and more recognised today because of its special advantages. Geosynthetics have pro­­ven to be among the most versatile and cost-effective materials. These are synthetic […]



High on Adaptability

February 2022

With the entry of new technology, ma­terials and processes in the Indian construction industry, geosynthetics is gaining traction as a construction material across a wide range of civil engineering fields. One of the main reasons […]



Optimising Freight Transport
Trends, initiatives and opportunities across key segments

July 2021

The modal mix of freight traffic in India is highly skewed, leading to inefficiencies in freight transport. As per industry sources, around 71 per cent of the country’s freight is transported by road and only […]



Automating Logistics
Emerging technology trends and requirements

July 2021

The global logistics segment has witnessed a significant transition over the years, with technology-driven methods overtaking manual methods in connecting sellers, third-party logistics partners and customers. Logistics companies have been adopting new technologies and integrating […]



Keeping Pace
Focus on network expansion and modernising systems

November 2019

In India, rail infrastructure forms the backbone of the country’s transportation system. Contributing to about 3 per cent of the total GDP, Indian Railways (IR) has been consistently working towards capacity expansion, efficiency enhancement, technological […]



Unlocking Potential
Increasing indigenous production with Make in India initiative

November 2019

Indian Railways (IR) has become a key driver of the government’s Make in India programme, enabling the country to become a manufacturing base for railway equipment. The initiative has helped the railways in attaining the […]



Favourable Developments
E&P investments and technology penetration to propel sector growth

December 2019

The past few years have been quite eventful for the gas sector. They were marked by the government’s decision to grant marketing and pricing freedom to all new gas discoveries, the field development plans of […]



Views of S.P. Garg
“The PNGRB has played a key role in reviving growth in the downstream segment”

December 2019

The past couple of years have proved to be quite eventful for India’s natural gas sector. The sector regulator, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), has played a key role in reviving growth […]



Improving Irrigation
Update on the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana

March 2022

The irrigation sector has gained traction over the past few years, with a greater fo­cus on multipurpose irrigation projects and infrastructure creation through a number of flagship government programmes. One such programme is the Pradhan Mantri Krishi […]



A Key Priority
Irrigation emerges as a major focus area for the government

June 2021

Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for over 50 per cent of India’s population and plays a significant role in the overall socio-economic fabric of the country. Agriculture and allied sectors accounted for 19.9 […]



Emerging Landscape
New trends, requirements and opportunities in the solid waste sector

May 2020

Rising population and urbanisation have increased waste generation in the country manyfold. Waste generation levels are expected to more than double by 2030 with the urban population also doubling. This has made it crucial for […]



Recent Initiatives
Increased focus on smart waste management

May 2020

In the past few years, there has been increasing focus on solving the country’s waste management problem. In 2016, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) revised the solid waste management (SWM) rules […]



Redefining Cities
Emerging trends, new technologies and outlook in light of COVID-19

June 2020

Safe city solutions incorporate a wide array of technology-driven subsystems. Integration and interoperability of these subsystems is fundamental to obtaining better intelligence from various sources and sensors. From CCTVs to crisis management centres, technology will […]



Remote Monitoring
Scope of video analytics in passenger facilitation

June 2020

Technological interventions in the area of passenger facilitation have gained importance over time. More recently, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need for technology solutions to ensure passenger safety and physical distancing. […]



Resilient Performance
Minimal impact of COVID-19 outbreak on warehousing industry

July 2020

India’s logistics and storage segments are undergoing significant transformation. Organised warehousing is gaining traction owing to the increase in regulatory requirements and the demand for economic efficiencies by new businesses. The goods and services tax […]



Towards Efficient Storage
Developments and challenges in the agricultural warehousing segment

July 2020

Agricultural warehousing involves the storage of agricultural products such as foodgrains, cereals, oilseeds, sugar, pulses, spices, fruits and vegetables. Storage capacity available with the Food Corporation of India (FCI), a part of the warehousing capacity […]



Improving Supply
Emerging trends and future outlook for water network management

October 2021

Rapid urbanisation and steady economic growth are increasing the demand for water and leading to a manyfold rise in the generation of sewage. The demand for wa­t­er in Class I and Class II cities is expected […]



Building Efficiency
Recent initiatives and future plans of ULBs

October 2021

The increasing demand for water and sanitation services due to the growing population has put pressure on urban local bodies (ULBs). In a bid to efficiently operate and manage their water and wastewater infrastructure, these […]



Keeping Watch
Communications infrastructure development for smart cities

November 2020

Smart cities are knowledge-based cities that conserve energy and other natural resources, provide a greener environment along with a vibrant urban economy to its citizens. To emerge as self-sustained communities and develop a smart city, […]



New Solutions
Innovations for seamless networking

November 2020

The metamorphosis of a city into a smart city needs dedicated communications infrastructure to integrate the facilities and services offered by a city into a cohesive and efficient system that improves the standard of living […]



Digital Disruption
Smart mobility solutions to make urban transport more efficient

December 2021

Urban transportation in the country is facing a range of challenges including pollution, poor road safety and parking and traffic congestion, pointing to an urgent need for the transformation of urban mobility via cleaner technologies. […]



Tech Solutions
Key initiatives, challenges and outlook for the smart mobility segment

November 2021

One of the key components of a smart city is smart transport/mobility solutions. For almost all the cities that have been selected under the Smart Cities Mission, smart mobility projects form a significant part of […]



Challenging Times
Covid impact and upcoming opportunities for contractors

December 2021

The railway sector accounts for around 12 per cent of the Rs 1.11 trillion investmen­t under the National Infrastructure Pipe­line for the five-year period 2020-25. A major portion of the envisaged investment comes under the […]



Progress On Track
Opportunities under mega programmes

December 2021

Railway infrastructure is rapidly evolving with several prospective and upcoming big-ticket projects in the pipeline. Pro­jects such as high speed rail (HSR), dedicated freight corridors (DFCs) and regional rapid transit systems (RRTS) have paved the […]



Channels for Growth
Key trends and outlook for the dredging industry

September 2021

Indian ports are undergoing rapid expansion, and thereby increasing the dredging requirement. Following the expansion of the global shipping fleet, both in terms of size and capa­city, Indian ports have realised the importance of deeper […]



Digging Deeper
Key features and expected impact of the Dredging Guidelines, 2021

September 2021

The Dredging Guidelines, 2021 are a combination of various policies, guidelines and provisions, which provide a roadmap of dredging activities for the next 10 years. The gui­delines promote sustainable dredging using modern dredging techniques. The […]



Digital Transition
IR introduces cutting-edge technologies for signalling and telecommunications

September 2019

In the recent past, alarming capacity utilisation levels and the increasing number of accidents on the railway network have triggered growing concerns over the safety of Indian Railways (IR). The carrier has therefore accorded priority […]



Technology Impetus
Rolling stock segment receives the much-needed push

September 2019

A significant year for the rolling stock segment, 2018-19 saw major milestones being achieved. Among these were the launch of the first indigenously developed and manufactured semi-high speed Vande Bharat Express (Train 18), the roll-out […]



On a Growth Trajectory
Tunnelling industry holds immense potential

June 2019

Tunnel development in the country is driven by investments in the hydropower, railway, roads and highways, metro rail, and water and sewerage sectors. While the railway sector was the first to undertake tunnel development, the […]



Prevalent Technologies
Update on DBM and NATM

June 2019

Tunnel construction is critically dependent on geotechnical investigations, as these offer the best inputs for identifying the most efficient technique to be deployed for tunnel excavation. Another factor that determines the choice between mechanised and […]



On the Cusp
Consolidation among players gathers momentum

May 2019

The steel sector, one of the country’s core industries, contributes about 2 per cent to GDP. At present, the infrastructure and construction sectors are the biggest consumers of steel, accounting for about 50 per cent […]



Opportunities for Growth
Demand for steel from infrastructure sectors

May 2019

Steel forms a significant part of the “material requirement” for infrastructure development. Government’s continued focus on infrastructure development translates to significant opportunity for steel manufacturers, as the metal finds extensive use in such projects. Steel […]



Bright Picture
Changing mining equipment market

May 2019

Dipesh Dipu, Partner, Mineral Policy Consultant, Brookings India The earthmoving and mining equipment industry has witnessed a fair degree of uncertainty in the recent past on account of lower-than-expected demand from the mining and infrastructure […]



Guided by Efficiency
Trends and innovation in earthmoving equipment

May 2019

Creation of infrastructure, an economic determinant of GDP growth, critically hinges on the pace of construction activity. In the past few years, several government programmes that lay emphasis on infrastructure development have spurred growth in […]



Looking Up
Increasing opportunities in the OMT segment

January 2019

Introduced in 2009 by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the operations, maintenance and tolling (OMT) model has emerged as a distinct industry in itself. This is on account of the fact that both […]



Expert Opinion
Operators share their views on operations and maintenance

January 2019

During the initial phases of highway development, the focus was primarily on timely delivery of projects. Over time though, a marked change has been observed, as the focus has shifted to user experience, safety, speed […]



Integrating Travel
Trends in adoption of smart mobility solutions

November 2020

With the increasing urban population, smart mobility has become a one-stop solution for the provisioning of efficient integrated public transportation systems in the country. The solutions being adopted by cities under the Smart Cities Mission […]



Efficient Management
SMC deploys intelligent solutions to ease mobility issues

November 2020

Spread across 474.18 square km, Surat is the fourth fastest growing city globally. The city’s population increased from 2.8 million in 2001 to 4.4 million in 2011. The 62 per cent increase in population resulted […]



Growing Needs
Higher fund requirement with increasing urbanization

December 2018

Urbanisation is inevitable. Globally, cities account for 82 per cent of the global GDP, and 3 per cent of the land mass but 76 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions. Economies such as the US […]



Changing Dynamics
Capacity building and strengthening municipal finance key to effective urban management

December 2018

The urban infrastructure sector plays a crucial role in sustaining high economic growth rates. While updated data on the share of urban areas in GDP for the Indian economy is not available, industry experts peg […]



Tangible Outcome
Progress under the Smart Cities Mission

April 2022

India is increasingly banking on smart technologies to address the country’s urban ex­plosion. This new strategy has allowed the government to use its resources and plan infrastructure development in a more sustainable and effective manner, as […]



Mission Update
SCM progress across segments

April 2022

As part of the Smart Cities Mission (SCM), innovative solutions have been deployed to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people. The key se­g­ments of the mission where technology interventions have been […]



Driving Connectivity
Emerging trends and focus areas for telecom tower companies

November 2018

Over the years, the tower industry has emerged as a key engine of growth for the telecom sector. It has helped the sector in keeping pace with technological advancements by setting up robust network infrastructure. […]



Sustainable Options
Innovative, low-cost and environment-friendly energy management solutions

November 2018

Over the years, energy management has emerged as a key area of concern for the telecom tower industry. As diesel-run generators (DGs) are proving to be not only extremely expensive but also damaging to the […]



Green Shoots of Recovery
Construction sector shows better performance

November 2017

The infrastructure sector, which accounts for over half the demand for construction activities, is receiving the much-needed push from the government, which is planning to spend $60 billion on infrastructure in the current fiscal year. […]



Demand from Infrastructure
Robust project pipeline offers opportunities to construction sector

November 2017

Time and again the government has reiterated its focus on infrastructure development. The Rs 3.6 trillion budget allocation to the sector for 2017-18 as compared to Rs 2.2 trillion in 2015-16 is a testament to […]



On a Growth Trajectory
Overview and outlook of the construction equipment market

January 2018

The Indian construction equipment market was sized at about Rs 448 billion in 2016 in terms of revenue from equipment sales. The industry saw production and sales of about 59,582 units and 62,065 units, respectively, […]



On the Rise
Demand for construction equipment from infrastructure sectors

January 2018

India has announced significant investments for the development of its infrastructure sectors in the years to come. This includes ambitious programmes and projects such as Bharatmala (under which 35,000 km of roads are to be […]



Robust Growth
Focus on network expansion and technology penetration

October 2019

The past few years have been eventful for the railway sector. The government has unveiled several initiatives for expanding and decongesting the existing network. There has also been a sea change in the scale and […]



Views of Manju Gupta
“A multipronged strategy has been adopted to optimise energy consumption”

October 2019

With the aim of saving costs and achieving a lower carbon footprint, Indian Railways (IR) has made 100 per cent electrification a key priority. It plans to electrify around 28,000 route km (rkm) by 2021-22 […]



Looking West

June 2017

In a country like India, the level of infrastructure development varies significantly across states. On one end of the spectrum there are states such as the seven sisters in the Northeast that are less developed, […]



State of the Sector
A snapshot of infrastructure sectors in Maharashtra

June 2017

Maharashtra, the second largest state in India in terms of population and geographical area, has strong macroeconomic fundamentals that have enabled the state to become one of the top investment destinations in the country. The […]



Views of Gopal Krishna
“We need to develop deeper draught ports and inland waterways”

February 2020

The Ministry of Shipping (MoS) has taken a number of initiatives to step up investments in the maritime sector. The Sagarmala programme in particular is expected to be a game changer for the maritime sector, […]



Operator Perspective
Key concerns and proposed recommendations

February 2020

Over the past few years, the Indian port sector has witnessed a number of positive changes. The Sagarmala programme, with its focus on port-led development, has brought in much optimism in the sector. Overall, the […]



Rising Demand
Market size, emerging trends and outlook

January 2022

The pump industry in India is nearly a hundred years old. Pumps are among the mo­st basic equipment needed for every sector. They cater to a wide range of sectors, including infrastructure and agriculture. The […]



Pumping Needs
Applications and requirements across the infrastructure sector

January 2022

The pump industry in India will be driven by factors such as rising oil demand and rising investments in water and wastewater treatment projects, which will boost market demand. Agricultu­re, power generation, water and wastewater ma­na­gement, oil […]



Slow and Steady
Increase in use of geosynthetics

April 2020

The geosynthetics market has been showing considerable growth in the past few decades. Increasing investments in infrastructure along with rising construction activity and urbanisation levels have been driving the demand for geosynthetics. Geosynthetics have played […]



Growing Acceptance

April 2020

The use of geosynthetics in the country’s infrastructure sector is growing steadily. Among these, geotextiles, geogrids and geomembranes are the three most commonly used products in terms of volume and value. With regard to their […]



Driving Activity
Steps to encourage private participation in mineral exploration

March 2022

In India, the focus of exploration has been on surficial minerals, such as coal and iron ore. Meanwhile, globally, the largest proportion of exploration spends are on gold, base metals (such as copper, lead and […]



Regulatory Attention
Mining reforms aim to make the sector more competitive

March 2022

The mining industry is extensively governed in India and over the past five years, the legislative framework has evolved dramatically, resulting in a more transparent and efficient system. India produces 95 minerals, including 4 fuel […]



Trends and Outlook  
Technology advancements and government support to enhance ITS deployment

July 2020

An intelligent transportation system (ITS) involves a set of technological solutions aimed at improving the performance and safety of transportation systems. The key components of an ITS include advanced traffic management systems, automated fare collection […]



Getting Smarter
Metros deploy ITS to improve commuter experience

July 2020

Over the past few years, the increase in urbanisation and congestion on roads has led to increased public transport ridership. In metropolitan cities such as Delhi, the dependence on the metro as a reliable and […]



Traffic Boom
Capacity to grow in line with passenger volumes

February 2020

The airport sector has witnessed strong growth in the past few years. From 2014-15 to 2018-19, passenger traffic grew at a double-digit compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16 per cent while cargo traffic grew […]



AAI Plans for Major Infrastructure Upgrade
“AAI plans to raise its capex for capacity expansion from Rs 30 billion to Rs 50 billion per annum”

February 2020

India’s aviation industry is rapidly growing on the back of rising demand for domestic and international air travel. The country needs more airports to keep pace with the surge in demand. At a recent India […]



Gas Growth
CGD segment offers fresh opportunities for stakeholders

March 2021

Over the last few years, the case for the use of natural gas as a fuel has become stronger worldwide, and India is no exception. Concerns relating to increasing air pollution levels and climate change […]



Lending Support
Key policy and regulatory developments

March 2021

In the past one year, the government has taken several initiatives aimed at developing the city gas distribution (CGD) network and driving sector growth. The Union Budget 2021-22 has enabled the move towards a gas-based […]



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