New Delhi: India’s infrastructure sector output grew 6.5% in June from a year earlier, higher than an unrevised 2.8% in May, government data showed on Thursday, signalling signs of a pick up.
Output had risen 5.1% in the same month last year.
During April-June, the output rose 4.8%, compared with 3.5% in the same period last year.
Cement production increased by 12.8% in June against 6.6% a year ago, while coal production rose by 14.7% during the month against 6.1% in June 2008.
Electricity generation grew by 7% in the month under review against a growth rate of 2.6% in June 2008. Crude oil production too registered a rise of 4% in June, while it had dipped by 4.7% in the same month last year.
Production in petroleum refinery products shrank by 3.7% in the third month of the current fiscal compared to 5.6% rise in June 2008.
Finished steel production posted a growth rate of 5.3% in June against 10.4% in the same month last year.
The infrastructure sector accounts for 26.7% of India’s industrial output.