Major sector-wise performance of core industries and
infrastructure services during 2013-14 shows a mixed trend. While the growth
in production of power and fertilizers was comparatively higher than in
2012-13, coal, steel, cement, and refinery production posted comparatively
lower growth. Crude oil and natural gas production declined during 2013-14.
The performance of the coal sector in the first two years
of the Twelfth Plan has been subdued with domestic production at 556 MT in
2012-13 and 566 MT in 2013-14.
A total length of 21,787 km of national highways has been
completed till March 2014 under various phases of the NHDP. In spite of
several constraints due to the economic downturn, the NHAI constructed 2844
km length in 2012-13, its highest ever annual achievement. During 2013-14 a
total of 1901 km of road construction was completed.
From the infrastructure development perspective, while
important issues like delays in regulatory approvals, problems in land
acquisition & rehabilitation, environmental clearances, etc. need immediate
attention, time overruns in the implementation of projects continue to be
one of the main reasons for underachievement in many of the infrastructure