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 […]



Views of J. Chandrashekhar Iyer
“Creation of an integrated water ministry has been a major step forward”

January 2020

The irrigation sector is the largest consumer of water in the country. The sector is, however, burdened with issues such as poor water use efficiency, less than optimal utilisation of irrigation potential, low coverage of […]



Views of M.K. Srinivas
“Irrigation is vital to meet the country’s future demand for foodgrains”

January 2020

On September 25, 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit comprising 17 sustainable development goals, the global goals to end poverty, reduce inequality and injustice, and tackle climate […]



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 […]



Dredging Inland Waterways
Experience so far and upcoming projects

September 2019

Dredging is an important element of fairway development, which is important for developing inland water transport (IWT). Besides dredging, fairway development involves river conservancy works, bandalling, channel marking, etc. Cargo traffic on national waterways (NWs) […]



Dredging Demand
Projects undertaken at VOC port and APSEZL ports

September 2019

Over the years, dredging has emerged as a distinct industry due to growing dredging requirements at Indian ports as well as inland waterways. With the increased dredging activity, draught levels at Indian ports too have […]



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 […]



Revving Up
Battery advancements and government support to bring more EVs on the road

January 2020

The emerging electric vehicle (EV) market is expected to significantly impact both the road transportation and the power sector. On the one hand, the increasing penetration of EVs will reduce the dependence of the transport […]



Views of Anil Srivastava
“We must go for clean energy mobility”

January 2020

India’s drive towards electric vehicle (EV)-led mobility has accelerated in recent years. However, a major hurdle in its ramp-up is likely to be the near-non-existent EV ecosystem, including charging infrastructure. The government has been attempting […]



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 […]



Steady Pace

April 2020

One of the most ambitious government programmes for urban renewal and transformation, the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) was envisaged to be implemented through a bottom-up approach instead of a top-down approach that is followed for […]



New Areas
Recent initiatives, emerging trends and funding strategies

April 2020

The development of a smart city that offers a good quality of life to its citizens and that is not only future ready but also sustainable is a time-consuming process. The Smart Cities Mission (SCM) […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



Increasing Awareness
Industry inches towards smart mining

October 2019

Mining companies in the country are gradually redefining their strategies and adopting new business models. A digital mine leverages the best of digital technology and internet of things (IoT), cloud or on-premises platforms to connect […]



Gaining Ground

October 2019

The adoption of digital and technology innovations can help in transforming key aspects of the mining process and unlocking the sector’s potential. Technologies and systems such as automation, internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), […]



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 […]



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 […]



Strong Growth Prospects
CGD segment offers a plethora of opportunities for stakeholders

March 2020

In the past few years, the case for the use of natural gas as a fuel has become stronger worldwide, and India is no exception. Pressing concerns related to rising air pollution and climate change […]



Views of D.K. Sarraf
“A draft policy has been formulated for faster development of CGD infrastructure”

March 2020

The city gas distribution (CGD) segment has witnessed significant progress in the past couple of years. Investments of more than Rs 1.2 trillion are expected to be made for the development of infrastructure in over 130 […]



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