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1.Will the Industry Bottom Out?

The June-September 2010 has been the worst quarter for construction industry. Prolonged monsoon and heavy precipitation have impacted operations of infrastructure projects while governments, both at Centre and states, were slow in awarding new contracts, analyses.

2.The Onions of the Indian Economy

With a 9.4 per cent growth forecast in 2010-11, the Indian economy is poised to return to its pre-crisis pace of expansion.

3.A Slippery Bottomline

The October-December 2010 quarter saw the highest growth in topline among the past five to six quarters, but profitability remained sluggish, with the quarter posting decline of five per cent in net profits.

4.The Cost Crunch

Suddenly and silently, the price of construction has gone up dramatically in India. Construction World speaks to contractors, developers and building material majors to find out why and assess the implications for the industry and end-users.

5.Buildings with Brains

In the past two decades, increasing concern over the energy consumption of large structures has spurred the creation of a class of intelligent buildings.

6.Chennai airport expansion work to be delayed

The expansion and modernisation works at the Chennai airport have been delayed by a year because huge quantities of rocks in the substrata had to be blasted in a controlled manner.

7.Budget 2011: The Big Picture

FIRST Infocentre, unveils what Budget 2011 has in store for the construction industry and what top players have to say. The Indian economy has apparently reverted to its pre-crisis growth trajectory in 2010-11. And this growth is more broad-based than seen in recent years.

8.Construction sector to see squeeze in order flow: Fitch

The construction sector is likely to witness further squeeze in order inflow in 2012 as corporates defer capex plan due to higher interest rates and slow economic growth, rating agency Fitch has said. construction firms order books showed 15-20 per cent growth in FY’11.

9.Target 8,800 km!

It’s the most ambitious road development plan in Indian history: almost 9,000 km of projects to be awarded in the year ahead, the task of building 20 km of roads a day, roads that benchmark the best in the world in terms of quality and safety.

10.At Gunpoint

In the line of fire for the recent hike in petrol prices, Jaipal Reddy, Cabinet Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India, has refused to rollback the prices for now.

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