Despite the large number of investments in the country, the infrastructure spending is currently short of what is required for achieving higher economic growth in the coming years. The Planning Commission of India has estimated the requirements of about $500 billion for financing infrastructure projects during the 11th Plan period (2007-2012), which is around 2.5 times more than the 10th Plan.
Infrastructure is on the key area list of the Indian Government and is being planned to develop in a big way over the next several years. The reform process initiated by Indian Government has increased the role of private players in infrastructure development in the country. As a result, in the last few years investments made by private players (domestic and foreign) have increased tremendously.
In the print segment, there are a number of magazines providing full-fledged infrastructure-related information. Some of the major players include Asapp Media, Indian Infrastructure Publishing Pvt Ltd, Divya Publications, and NBM Media Pvt Ltd, among many others.
Asapp Media Information Group (AMIG) is one of the leading players in the segment. The Group publishes magazines such as ‘Infrastructure Today’, ‘Construction World’, ‘CW Interiors’, ‘Equipment India’, ‘Power Today’ and ‘Project Info’. The objective of the Group is to provide core information about infrastructure activities in general and the construction sector in particular.
India Infrastructure Publishing is a company dedicated to providing information on the infrastructure sectors in India through magazines, conferences, newsletters and research reports. The company publishes three magazines for the infrastructure segment – ‘Indian Infrastructure’, ‘Power Line’ and ‘Tele.net’.
‘Engineering & Review’, a monthly, is published by Divya Group of Publications. The magazine targets major sectors of the engineering industry such as power, chemicals, instrumentation, heavy and light engineering. The magazine also carries updated project information, along with decision makers’ telephone numbers and emails.
‘NBM & CW’ is one of the oldest magazines in this sector. Published by NBM Media Pvt Ltd, the publication provides information related to requirements of the building and construction industry in India and South Asia.
Besides numerous print publications, the infrastructure sector is also very active in the cyberspace. The key print players have their presence in portals as well. Besides the print players, some of the leading players include indianinfrastructureobserver.com, infraline.com, indiacore.com, indianinfraguru.com and 1stworldtradeportal.com.
Indianinfrastructureobserver.com is part of the Indian Business Observer Group, which has 16 online B2B news and business networking websites. The websites provide complete information on the infrastructure sector ranging from energy, shipping, and real estate to road development and many more.
Infraline.com provides updated information on the power, oil and gas, coal, and transport sectors to their subscribers as well as industry professionals.
Indiacore.com is one of the leading portals on the infrastructure and core sector industries. The website provides precise information and news updates on the sectors relating to the infrastructure industry. In addition to that, the portal also offers an opportunity to various players in the sector to explore business opportunities.
Indianinfraguru.com is a portal with over 25 years of experience in the infrastructure industry. The site is designed to facilitate decision making by Indian and global infrastructure developers, material and equipment suppliers, contractors, financers, service providers, and policy makers serving the various sectors of infrastructure.
Besides, the print and web publications, the infrastructure industry is also making their presence felt with organising numerous industry events throughout the year.
A quick look at the events, conferences and seminars in 2009:
According to Shampa Bhadur, Editor, Tele.net, “There are lots of scopes for niche publications in India. Despite the slowdown, I am very sure in two years’ time the industry will grow by leap and bounds.”
She further said, “The niche publications in India have a huge growth potential. I have been associated with the tele.net magazine for the last six and a half years, and have seen lots of ups and downs in the industry. However, the infrastructure industry will move ahead.”
Differing with Bhadur, SA Faridi, Editor, NBM & CW, said, “We have a presence of 15 years in the market as the only techno-commercial magazine. Two years is very early to say anything in terms of growth as every industry is facing the slowdown. However, I am very sure that once we get out of the slowdown, we will grow in the future. We are undertaking a lot of add-on services to beat the slowdown.”
(With additional inputs by Haresh Kumar)