India's US$1.5 trillion investment plans

By Chris Sleight |  5 July 2021

The construction industry in India will enjoy sharp grow in line with launch of the ambitious National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) and the government’s aim to make India a US$5 trillion economy by 2024, according to a new report, Construction in India by India Infrastructure Research.

NIP has projected a capital expenditure of INR111 trillion (US$1.5 trillion) to be spent from 2019-25, and over 70 per cent of this has been allocated to four infrastructure sectors – energy (24 per cent), roads (19 per cent), urban infrastructure (16 per cent) and railways (13 per cent).

The power sector is expected to see investment of INR14.10 trillion (US$190 billion) during 2020-25, with a further INR1.5 trillion (US$20 billion) for nuclear power generation channelled through the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL). Within spending on power, some INR9.3 trillion (US$125 billion) of capex will be directed to renewable energy projects.

In roadbuilding, the main vehicle for investment is the Bharatmala Programme, a national umbrella scheme which has the target of completing 35,000 km by 2024-25. The investment envisaged for this under the NIP is INR20.34 trillion (US$275 billion).

Railways construction is set to receive investment of over INR13.67 trillion (US$185 billion) by the end of the 2024-25 financial year. This is for a combination of upgrades to existing lines, such as line doubling and gauge conversion as well as the building of 17,000 km of new track. Investment will also go to new flagship projects such as dedicated freight corridors and high-speed rail corridors.

In the metro rail segment, a capital investment target of INR5.73 trillion (US$75 billion) has been set for the sector by 2025, while airport development is another big opportunity for the construction industry, with opportunities put at INR1.43 trillion (US$19 billion).

The report provides the following:

  • The economic background to infrastructure investment in India
  • Changes & impacts in light of the Covid pandemic
  • Details of opportunities by sector and state
  • Project-by-project information, highlighting opportunities
  • Detailed assessment of the project pipeline
  • Opportunities by discipline, including for developers, financiers, consultants, contractors

Construction in India comprises a 428 page report with an accompanying 6MB Excel spreadsheet containing project data. Click here to buy your copy.



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