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India’s Infrastructure Output Sees 5.2% Surge in March, Cement Production Up 10.6%

India’s infrastructure output saw a significant boost in March, with a 5.2 per cent year-on-year increase, as revealed by government data on Tuesday. This growth comes in comparison to a revised 7.1 per cent rise observed in February. Infrastructure output, which encompasses vital sectors like refinery products and electricity and contributes 40 per cent to industrial production, serves as a crucial indicator of economic activity.

Cement production, a key component of infrastructure development, experienced the most substantial surge in March, climbing by 10.6 per cent compared to the same period last year. This growth surpassed the 9.1 per cent expansion recorded in the preceding month. Coal production also showed a robust growth of 8.7 per cent, while electricity generation witnessed an 8 per cent rise, indicating a positive momentum in the energy sector.

In February, coal production had increased by 11.6 per cent, and electricity generation had grown by 7.5 per cent, showing a sustained trend of growth in these sectors.

Despite the overall positive trend, two of the eight core sectors experienced a decline in output. Fertiliser production saw a smaller drop of 1.3 per cent in March, an improvement from the 9.5 per cent decline in February. Refinery products, on the other hand, experienced a 0.3 per cent decrease, contrasting with the 2.6 per cent rise observed in the previous month.

The government’s efforts to bolster infrastructure development have been evident, with notable increases in cement, coal, and electricity production. These sectors are crucial for sustaining economic growth and supporting various industries and welfare schemes.

Additionally, recent government purchases of 19.6 million tonnes of wheat, surpassing annual demand for welfare schemes, demonstrate a commitment to ensuring food security and welfare for citizens.

The surge in infrastructure output signals positive momentum in India’s economic recovery, with continued growth expected in key sectors. However, challenges such as fluctuating commodity prices and global economic uncertainties may impact future growth trajectories. Efforts to address these challenges and sustain the momentum in infrastructure development will be essential for driving long-term economic prosperity.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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