Infrastructure output in March 2021: The output of eight core infrastructure sectors grew 6.8 per cent, compared to last year, according to government data on Friday, April 30. The infrastructure output, which comprises eight core sectors including coal, crude oil, electricity, etc. recorded a de-growth of seven per cent during April-March 2020-2021. According to provisional data released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the combined index of the eight core industries stood at 143.1 in March 2021. (Also Read: Infrastructure Output of Core Sectors Slips 4.6% In February 2021 )
The eight core industries comprise 40.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the industrial output or the index of industrial production (IIP). The growth in the infrastructure output was led by the cement sector, followed by the steel and electricity sectors. The natural gas sector also registered an increase in output during March 2021.
According to the Commerce Ministry data, the production of cement, steel, electricity, and natural gas sectors increased by 32.5 per cent, 23 per cent, 21.6 per cent, and 12.3 per cent, respectively. On the other hand, the output of coal, crude oil, refinery products, and fertilizers sectors registered a de-growth of 21.9 per cent, 3.1 per cent, 0.7 per cent, and five per cent, respectively.