The new alternative
Despite sluggishness in the infrastructure sector, Alternate Investment Funds managed to attract the maximum amount of investments during the year,
Rs 3.3 lakh crore invested in 113 projects
Initial numbers flowing into the cabinet secretariat suggest that nearly 90 per cent of the investment in large projects, which were held up and have now been cleared, have materialised.
Airport to attract $12.1 bn investment
Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said the Indian airport sector is likely to attract $12.1 billion worth of investment during the 12th Plan period. Out of this, the minister expects around $9.3 billion from the private sector.
Finally the Cure?
Long term financing has been ailing the infrastructure sector making alternate non-banking financing options like Infrastructure Debt Funds (IDFs) more viable. Rahul Kamat and Garima Pant explore the IDF environment in India. The yawning infrastructure gap in the country is seeking closure to unleash its locked growth potential.
Managing infra assets
India's rapidly growing infrastructure asset base needs to be properly managed in order to ensure investor confidence. G Sathiamoorthy seeks to provide an overview of the new ISO 5500X suite of International Standards for Asset Management and its implications and applications for the effective management of India's burgeoning infrastructure asset base.
FDI dips 3 per cent in 2013
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India dipped by 3 per cent to $22.03 billion in 2013, according to data from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). In 2012, India attracted $22.78 billion of FDI. Services, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, construction development, telecom, computer software and hardware, chemicals and power were among the sectors that attracted FDI in 2013.
100 AIFs to operate in India
Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has allowed 100 entities to set up Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) - newly created class of pooled-in investment vehicles for
real estate, private equity and hedge funds - in less than two years. The 100 AIFs have been registered with SEBI since July 2012. Out of this, about 11 entities got market regulator's approval to operate in the country so far this year, 67 in 2013 and the remaining 22 in 2011.
Urban projects: Chequered growth
The Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI), according to latest reports, has unlocked 144 stalled infrastructure projects worth Rs 5.27 lakh crore. But experts don't see this reviving the fortunes of the Indian economy owing to the long gestation period of these projects.
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