Delhi: The six main infrastructure sectors to register
a growth of 5.4 per cent during the first quarter of the
current fiscal compared to 4.7 per cent in April-June
last year, according to the data released by the commerce
and industry ministry on Thursday.
the overall growth during the first three months of the
fiscal, the growth rate of the six sectors combined during
the month of June 2004, declined to 3.2 per cent against
5.6 per cent registered in the same month a year ago,
mainly on account of a sharp decline in performance by
the cement sector.
the month of June, barring a healthy 7.4 per cent growth
in the coal sector, a 10.8 per cent growth in petroleum
refinery products and a near stagnant growth of around
1 per cent in the crude petroleum sector, all the other
sectors showed a decline in their growths.
in the electricity sector dipped to 4.2 per cent from
5.5 per cent in June 2003, while the decline in cement
was sharp at a negative 4.3 per cent from a healthy 10.2
per cent in June last year.
steel also registered a growth of 1.6 per cent in June
2004 from 6.7 per cent in the corresponding period last
the first quarter, the petroleum refinery products registered
a double digit growth at 12.6 per cent, while the crude
petroleum output grew by 6.1 per cent during April-June,
2004 from a negative growth of 2.1 per cent in the year
steel and coal are the only two sectors which have registered
lower growth during the first quarter of the current fiscal
at 2.7 per cent and 2.8 per cent respectively.
official figures released on Thursday revealed that after
an impressive 9.0 per cent growth rate in April, the infrastructure
growth rate dipped to 3.2 per cent in June compared to
5.6 per cent a year earlier, led by the slowdown in cement
sector. It stood at 5.1 per cent during May 2004.