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New Delhi, Aug. 9

Slowdown in electricity generation coupled with lower steel and cement production pulled down overall infrastructure growth rate to 6.2 per cent in June 2006 compared to 8.3 per cent in the same month last fiscal, according to an official release.

Growth in electricity generation declined to 4.5 per cent during the month from 9.4 per cent in June 2005. Steel production registered a 5.6 per cent growth during the month as against 12.6 per cent in June last year.

Also, cement production recorded a slower growth rate of 11.2 per cent in June 2006 as against 16.6 per cent in the same month previous fiscal.

Crude, coal positive

Crude production and petroleum refining recorded growth of 1.2 per cent and 10.4 per cent respectively, compared to 0.3 per cent and a negative growth of 1.1 per cent in June last year.

Coal production too marked a strong growth rate of 11.9 per cent compared to 3.4 per cent registered a year ago.

For the April-June quarter, the six infrastructure sectors recorded a growth rate of 6.3 per cent compared to 7.5 per cent in the corresponding period of 2005-06.

Crude oil production during the quarter increased by 0.2 per cent as against a decline of 1.2 per cent in the same period previous year. Refining output was higher by 11.8 per cent as compared to a negative 4.9 per cent previous fiscal.

Coal production during the quarter improved by 7.6 per cent while power generation rose by a slower 5.2 per cent from 7.5 per cent last year.

Cement production rose by 9.7 per cent compared to 13.9 per cent, while steel production grew by 6.8 per cent as against 13.5 per cent in April-June 2005-06.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 10, 2006)
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