Projex in India

The 93rd Survey of Projects Investment in India, conducted by Projects Today, indicates a sharp decline in fresh investment in the third quarter of the fiscal year 2023-24 (Q3/FY24). After exhibiting a record fresh investment announcement in the last quarter of fiscal 2022-23 (Q4/FY23), fresh investment commitments by both the Government and Private sectors declined in the subsequent three quarters of fiscal 2023-24. Though the decline was somewhat moderate in the first quarter (Q1/FY24), the rate of fall intensified in the next two quarters, Q2/FY24 and Q3/FY24.

Both the Central government and the Private sector scaled back their new capital expenditure plans during the current Survey period. The fiscal constraints in the Government sector and a cautious approach by the Private sector led to the decline in fresh capex in Q3/FY24. Poor financial conditions at state levels, state elections and subsequent change in ruling governments in major states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Telangana slowed down fresh capex plans of state government agencies.

During Q3/FY24, the country saw the announcement of 1,952 new projects with a total investment commitment of Rs 3,83,392.51 crore. This indicated a fall of 45.69 percent when compared with the investment statistics for the preceding quarter (Q2/FY24). During that period, 2,425 new projects worth Rs 7,05,878.45 crore were announced.

The number of mega projects (investment of Rs 1,000 crore or more) too came down from 108 projects worth Rs 4,78,519.73 crore in Q2/FY24 to just 59 projects worth Rs 2,20,886.88 crore in Q3/FY24.

Projex by Ownership

After an exuberant start with several super mega projects in the Sunrise industries (Green Hydrogen, Semi-conductors, Electrical Vehicles, Lithium Batteries, Data Centres, etc.) in the initial two quarters of the current fiscal year, the private sector scaled down its new capex plans in the third quarter. This shift in sentiment can be attributed to various factors, including concerns related to global economic developments, dwindling demand, and the looming General Elections.


Fresh investment announcements by the Government sector declined by 59.95% from Q2/FY24 to Q3/FY24. Within this sector, the decline was the sharpest in the Central government sector. After registering a growth of 66.73 percent in the last quarter of FY23, the quarterly announcement of fresh investment by the Central government sector declined by 18.48 percent, 46.59 percent, and 72.05 percent in the first three quarters of FY24 respectively. In all, during the Oct-Dec 2023 period, 175 new projects worth Rs 29,751 crore were announced in this sector. The Central government seems to have opted for fiscal consolidation by restraining the initiation of new projects in this fiscal.

Fresh investment at state government levels after posting a good growth of 30.75 percent in the first quarter of this fiscal, declined in the next two quarters to 8.03 percent and 53.50 percent. In Q3/FY24, state-owned agencies announced 613 new projects worth Rs 92,897.78 crore. Compared with the decline seen in the Government sector, the decline in the Private sector was comparatively milder at 34.76 percent.

The Private sector registered a 0.48 percent growth in Q2/FY24 but could not sustain the growth in Q3/FY24. During the latest quarter, the sector announced 1,164 new projects worth Rs 2,60,743.63 crore. Though the Private sector announced 118 more projects as compared to the preceding quarter, a fall in the number of big-ticket projects from 71 to 42 resulted in the fresh investment declining by 34.76 percent.

A slowdown in global economic growth, uncertain international geopolitical environment, and below-normal monsoon, which in turn delayed the revival expected in rural demand and the upcoming General Elections might have made the private companies hold back their new capex plan for a while. Further, the sector has already announced fresh investments of around Rs 18,47,669.39 crore in the preceding four quarters. Execution of those proposals will be the first priority of the private promoters.

Projex by Sectors

The sharp decline in fresh investment witnessed in the Oct-Dec 2023 period was spread across almost all major sectors. Barring the Electricity sector, all other major sectors saw contractions in fresh investments of more than 50 percent.

The 11 mega hydel power projects announced in the third quarter helped the Electricity sector to post 7.56 percent growth in terms of fresh investment on a Q-o-Q basis. In all, during the quarter the sector saw the announcement of 62 new projects worth Rs 1,46,926.07 crore. Apart from the 11 mega Hydel power projects, the total also includes seven Solar power and one Coal-based mega power project.

The Manufacturing sector registered sequential declines of 77.58 percent, 2.31 percent, and 61.50 percent respectively in the first three quarters of FY24. During the Oct-Dec 2023 period, 434 new projects worth Rs 80,758.93 crore were announced. Within the Manufacturing sector, other than Electrical Machinery, Pharma, Plastic Products, and Paper Products all other sub-groups recorded sharp declines in fresh capex plans. The all-important Automobiles, Steel, and Cement sectors saw fresh investments decline by 63.77 percent, 74.80 percent, and 88.97 percent, respectively.

Projex Sector

The Infrastructure sector, where new investment commitments by the State and Central government are the highest, recorded a decline in fresh investment for the second quarter in a row. In the first quarter of FY24, fresh investment had increased by 31.41 percent but in the subsequent second and third quarters, such investments declined by 10.90 percent and 56.11 percent, respectively.

Within the Infrastructure sector, barring the Hospital sector, all other major sub-sectors posted negative Q-o-Q growths of over 50 percent. These included Community Services, Construction, Water, Roadways, Railways, and Power Distribution.

As against 336 new Roadway projects worth Rs 58,800 crore announced in Q2/FY24, only 194 projects worth Rs 25,904 crore were announced in Q3/FY24. In the Railways sector, the decline was deep with only 28 new projects worth Rs 5,758.60 crore announced in Q3/FY24 against 48 new projects worth Rs 74,011 crore announced in the preceding quarter.

The decline in the Construction sector (comprising Commercial Complexes, Real Estate, and Industrial Parks) compared with other major sub-sectors, was moderate at 21.54 percent. As compared to 628 new projects worth Rs 1,03,681 crore announced in Q2/FY24, 675 projects worth Rs 81,350 crore were announced in the third quarter.

The Mining and Irrigation sectors too experienced sharp declines in the announcement of fresh investment during the third quarter of the current fiscal.

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