Archive for the ‘Infrastructure’ Category

Indian Growth Story Needs An Energetic Push

As we enter the last year of the 11th Five Year plan (2007-12) of the Indian economy, two tasks are primarily undertaken. One, assessment of the performance during the Five Year plan and setting up goals for the next Five Year plan.

A release by the Planning Commission reveals that India is expected to end the 11th plan period with about 8.2% GDP growth. This is below the target growth of 9%. However, Read more…


Infrastructure Gets A Firm Push

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Infrastructure development in India faces both financing as well as non-financing constraints. In the Economic Survey for 2010-11, the government has highlighted the need to address the following non-financing constraints that are leading to time and cost over-runs: Read more…

India’s Key Economic Indicators

March 8, 2011 1 comment

A brilliant summation of economic indicators:

The indicators included are:

  • Agricultural – Foodgrain Production
  • Employment & Unemployment Indicators
  • Performance of Core industries
  • Performance of Index of Industrial Production
  • Wholesale price index and inflation
  • Food and non-food credit of scheduled commercial banks
  • Sectoral deployment of bank credit
  • World commodity prices

Growing infrastructure deficit requires innovative solutions

The Economic Survey 2010-11 has called for innovative solutions to address the growing infrastructure deficit that is hurting economic growth. It said financing infrastructure would be a big challenge: India needs to invest $1,025 billion in the Twelfth Plan (2012-17) and half of this should come from the private sector. Read more…

Categories: Infrastructure

Rationalisation of cement duty structure

“As a measure of relief to cement industry, I propose to replace the existing excise duty rates with composite rates having an ad valorem and specific component with some rationalisation. The basic customs duty on two critical raw materials of this industry viz petcoke and gypsum is proposed to be reduced to 2.5 %,” the Finance Minister said in his speech on the Union Budget 2011-12.

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Categories: Cement, Coal, Infrastructure

Highlights of Union Budget 2011-12

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Power capacity addition: Targets set, revised and re-revised

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Power capacity addition has been a laggard and earlier also targets have been set and revised downwards. This is what I was hinting at in my last post on Ports in India when I said that “Although pace of infrastructure development in India has been slow, the pace of infrastructure target announcement has not restrained.”

But, the government seemed very bullish on its Power Sector expansion for the 11th plan period (2007-12). Read more…