The civil aviation and the road sectors posted phenomenal
growth during April-May 2005 among the infrastructure
sectors. According to the latest report of the ministry
of statistics and programme implementation, except net
telephony, fertilisers and petroleum, all other sectors
have also registered significant growth.
The road sector registered a growth of 25.4 per cent during
the period compared with the same period last year. The
total upgradation of highways during the period under
review was 898km.
Airports: In civil aviation, passengers
handled at domestic terminals recorded a rise of 19.7
per cent while at international terminals the growth was12.6
per cent. Cargo clearance also registered double digit
growth export and import cargo went up to 79,641
tons and 47, 840 tons respectively
In the telecom sector the additional of switching
capacity went down by 41.8 per cent, while landline connections
showed a negative growth of 58.8 per cent. Cell phone
connections continue to grow with a rise of14.8 per cent.
This is due to surrender of landline connections and
preference for cell phones.
In petroleum, except natural gas which posted
a growth of minimal 1.4 per cent while crude oil production
and refinery production going down-slide with minus 1.2
per cent and minus 6.9 per cent. Fertilisers also recorded
a negative growth of minus 4.2 per cent with the total
production being 2.21-million ton.
Cargo handled at major ports went up by 16.6 per
cent with the total being 68.13-million tons. The same
way, revenue earning rail freight traffic went up by 14
per cent at 107.58 million ton.
Production of cement during the period totalled
24.20 million ton indicating a rise of 9.6 per cent while
steel production amounted to 6.73 million ton registering
a growth of 7.6 per cent.
Coal at 61.21 million ton showed a growth of 7.9 per cent
and power recorded a rise of 6.5 per cent, with a generation
of 103.26-billion units.