Union Budget 2015-16 Economic Survey: Projects worth Rs 8.8L-cr stalled but situation improving

Unfavourable market conditions and delayed investments in last few years resulted into an “alarmingly high rate” of increase in stalled projects which, as of December-end, stood at a staggering Rs 8.8 lakh crore, says the Economic Survey for 2014-15. However, the stock of stalled projects plateaued in last three quarters to stand at 7 percent of the GDP at the end of October-December quarter from 8.3 percent in last year, the Survey said. ”

Manufacturing dominates in total value of stalled projects even over infrastructure. The government’s stalled projects are predominantly in infrastructure. “Unfavourable market conditions (and not regulatory clearances) are stalling a large number of projects in the private sector and in contrast, regulatory reasons explain bulk of stalling in the public sector” it added. Manufacturing sector was stifled by a general deterioration in the macroeconomic environment, while electricity projects are victim of lack of coal.

“It is clear that private projects are held up overwhelmingly due to market conditions and non-regulatory factors whereas the government projects are stalled due to lack of required clearances,” it said. Out of the Rs 8.8 lakh crore worth of stalled projects, public and private sector accounted for Rs 1.8 lakh crore and Rs 7 lakh crore, respectively.

“Clearing the top 100 stalled projects will address 83 percent of the problem of stalled projects by value,” it added.

“At the end of the third quarter of the current financial year, for every 100 rupees of projects under implementation, 10.3 rupees worth of projects were stalled and the number of private sector stood at 16,” it said.

“In terms of share in total, electricity and services dominate for both public and private sectors, while manufacturing forms the major component of stalled projects in the private sector,” it added.

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