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 […]



Standardisation Need
Removing roadblocks in the development of efficient charging infrastructure

January 2019

The Indian automobile sector has been growing at a rate of 11 per cent and has emerged as the fifth largest automobile market in the world. The alarming air pollution level in the country, to […]



Overcoming Roadblocks
Despite huge potential, customers still sceptical about future of EVs

January 2019

Given the ever-increasing volume of traffic in Indian cities, a well-planned urban transport system assumes vital importance. To this end, the government is exploring the possibility of increasing the share of electric vehicles (EVs), a […]



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 […]



Mission Update
Some progress made, but miles to go

December 2018

The Smart Cities Mission (SCM) was launched by the government in June 2015, with the objective of providing core infrastructure in Indian cities and ensuring a decent quality of life to its citizens through the […]



Views of Kunal Kumar
“Cities need to leverage technology to make a bigger impact”

December 2018

The central government has introduced several programmes aimed at improving the quality of life of citizens. The launch of the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) is one such step to make cities more liveable and citizen […]



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 […]



Dredging Demand
Key trends and outlook for the industry

September 2018

In the past few years, dredging has emerged as a distinct industry in itself and is being driven by the growing dredging requirements at Indian ports and inland waterways. With a significant amount of dredging […]



Views of Amitabh Kumar
“Dredging of inland waterways is expected to offer huge opportunities in the coming years”

September 2018

The dredging industry has seen some positive developments in the past few years. The government has become more conscious about solving the long-pending issues of the industry with new policies and regulations, and programmes such […]



Slow but Steady
Policy interventions by IR to improve operational performance

October 2018

In the past couple of years, the railway sector has received greater attention from the government with the aim of making the system more modern, sustainable, systematic and safe. Indian Railways (IR) has undertaken several […]



Innovative Models
IR’s financing plans and strategies

October 2018

India has the fourth largest railway network in the world after the US, China and Russia, spanning a total length of 68,000 km. It is the second largest system to be operated under a single […]



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 […]



Optimistic Outlook
Timely execution of Sagarmala crucial for long-term success of port sector

February 2019

The maritime sector is an important contributor to the country’s growth, accounting for about 95 per cent of the export-import trade by volume and 70 per cent by value. India’s maritime transport growth is driven by […]



Views of Gopal Krishna
“We are taking initiatives to develop a global transshipment hub in the country”

February 2019

The recent policy initiatives taken by the Ministry of Shipping (MoS) to increase transshipment volumes at Indian ports is expected to add a new dimension to the maritime sector. Speaking at the 16th annual conference […]



Scope for Growth
Infrastructure development to drive demand for pumps and pumping solutions

July 2019

In developing countries such as India, growth in the pump market has primarily been on account of agricultural and industrial growth. Pumps play a dominant role in sectors such as agriculture, water and wastewater management, […]



On the Rise
Pumping requirements across infrastructure sectors

July 2019

The country’s industrial sector constitutes a significant chunk of the pump market with applications across power plants, chemical manufacturing and water and wastewater treatment. The government’s efforts to improve infrastructure, water supply and sanitation services […]



Ripe for Growth
Geosynthetics market to gain from infrastructure and regulatory push

April 2019

In the past, when dealing with difficult sites for construction purposes, the conventional practice has been limited to either replacing unsuitable soils with other more suitable materials, or bypassing these soils with costly deep foundations. […]



Gaining Ground
Increasing use of geosynthetics across infrastructure sectors

April 2019

The application of geosynthetics in infrastructure is steadily gaining ground. Largely manufactured from polymeric materials, these technical textile products are becoming more popular in various infrastructure sectors and are being used to construct retaining walls […]



Technology Transition
Mining companies move towards adoption of new equipment

October 2018

With most of the mining operations in the country being opencast, the shallow deposits, to a large extent, have already been extracted. Despite technology adoption in opencast mining, India is still far behind its global […]



Changing Dynamics
Gradual shift towards digital mining

October 2018

Digital transformation and the adoption of smart technologies has become a priority agenda of every sector. Mining companies too, are slowly turning towards cost-effective digital and automated technologies for their mines to ensure high productivity […]



Huge Opportunity
ITS to drive smart mobility under Smart Cities Mission

April 2017

The rapid urbanisation of existing cities and the increasing number of urban habitations have inevitably led to mounting stress on city infrastructure. Addressing the issue of mobility and traffic bottlenecks has thus emerged as a […]



Developing Networks
Operator-wise key projects in the CGD sector

March 2017

With the objective of promoting clean fuel use in the country, city gas distribution (CGD) networks were accorded public utility status in 2016. This allows the entities to increase the coverage of their networks, comprising […]



Enhancing Capabilities
ANS to improve air traffic flow management

February 2017

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is responsible for carrying out air navigation services (ANS) across all the airports in the country. The authority entered the area of air traffic flow management (ATFM) with the […]



Optimising Operations
Asset management to increase returns to investment

February 2017

Air traffic in India has been growing at record levels over the past few years reaching 223.6 million during 2015-16. Between 2021 and 2025, passenger growth is expected to be maintained at 7.4 per cent. […]



Expanding Reach
Urja Gas Pipeline Project to supply gas to eastern India

March 2019

Pipelines play a critical role in matching the supply of natural gas with demand. With natural gas consumption in the country slated to rise and the need to move towards a gas-based economy, the development […]



Digital Drive
CGD operators deploy new solutions to enhance efficiency

March 2019

For city gas distribution (CGD) companies, efficiency in business operations is essential to remain profitable. However, the expanding gas pipeline network and customer base has placed a tremendous burden on the existing infrastructure. There have been […]



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