An estimated 30 people will leave rural India for urban areas every minute during the next 20 years. At this rate, in the next two decades, most Indian cities are likely to double their size in terms of population and more than double in area.
IDFs play a vital role as investment vehicles that can be sponsored by NBFCs and commercial banks in India. Shrikanth S writes on how IDFs are correcting the asset-liability mismatch, and also help advance loans for fresh infrastructure projects. The urgent need to improve infrastructure prompted the Indian Planning Commission to estimate infrastructure spending in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17).
The establishment of the road regulator, as was announced in the 2013-14 Union Budget, might take place only after the elections. While many industry players want a regulator to be set up, what will the entity finally look like? Rahul Kamat takes a peek at the current trends.
The concept of pooled financing comes at a time when the industry needs it more than ever in recent history.Clearing nearly Rs 2 lakh crore (still a small fraction of the pending part of the pie) was the first step for the Cabinet Committee for Investments and the special committee set up by the Prime Minister's Office for this express purpose.
The Supreme Courtâ€™s recent verdict to strike down 122 telecom licences in the much-debated 2G case resembles like an earthquake whose aftershocks are felt well outside the epicentre: Heads will roll but as a oblique, rather than direct, consequence of the shake-up.