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 […]



Big Potential
Market size and growth of pumps in the country

July 2018

The Indian pump industry is a significant contributor to the country’s growth due to the role of pumps as primary equipment in almost every sphere of the economy, including infrastructure and agriculture. On the basis […]



Enhanced Uptake
Needs and requirements of key infrastructure sectors

July 2018

Pumps and pumping systems play a vital role in several sectors of the economy. A variety of pumps are used for various industrial as well as municipal applications. These pumps perform a wide range of […]



Back on Track
Construction equipment market on a growth path

June 2018

According to the Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (ICEMA), the construction equipment industry is estimated at $3.1 billion (as of 2015). The increasing mechanisation of construction activities allows greater penetration of equipment such as backhoe […]



New Requirements
Key trends and innovations in earthmoving equipment

June 2018

In recent years, India has launched a number of infrastructure initiatives such as the Smart Cities Mission, the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, and the Sagarmala and Bharatmala programmes. Construction activities in projects under these […]



Promising Future
Key trends and outlook in the tunnelling industry

May 2018

Tunnel development in India has picked up pace in the past four-five years on account of an increased uptake of projects involving longer tunnel lengths. The growth of this sector has been driven by the […]



Advanced Methods
Mechanical tunnel construction techniques gain traction

May 2018

The Indian tunnelling industry is under-going a massive transformation. Mechanised techniques are gradually replacing traditional, non-mechanised methods of tunnel construction. Advanced, technology-driven, efficient and cost-effective methods of tunnelling are being deployed in almost all the […]



Increasing Deployment
Geosynthetics industry expanding with infrastructure growth

April 2018

The global geosynthetics market has exhibited significant growth in the past couple of decades, driven by widespread urbanisation and an increased number of government initiatives aimed at infrastructure improvement. According to industry estimates, the size […]



Diverse Uses

April 2018

Geosynthetics find applications across most, if not all, infrastructure sectors. They have several advantages over traditional materials such as comparatively lower land requirement, safer design and additional structural strength. They also have an aesthetically pleasing appearance […]



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. […]



High Potential
Rapid urbanisation to drive demand for city gas

November 2018

The city gas distribution (CGD) sector has grown at a steady pace over the past few years on the back of increased sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) in the […]



Operator Perspective
Current status of CGD infrastructure and upcoming opportunities

November 2018

The city gas distribution (CGD) sector has shown significant progress in the past six months. The government has taken several initiatives to attract investments in the sector and expedite the process of granting authorisations.  The […]



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