An investment allowance for infrastructure projects of Rs 100 crore (US$ 16.05 million) and above has also been announced by the Government. Cement production in India is expected to touch 407 million tonnes (MT) by 2020. Cement consumption in India is expected to rise by 8-9 per cent over the next year, taking the estimated cement consumption in 2013-14 to about 280-285 MT, from around 260 MT in the 2012-13 fiscal, as per the Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA). The cement industry may continue to witness a steady market with fresh capacity of 20 MT going on stream in 2014, taking the industry capacity to 370 MT.
The Indian cement sector is expected to witness positive growth in the coming years, with demand set to increase at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 8 per cent during 2013-14 to 2015-16, according to an RNCOS report. The cement and gypsum products sector in India has attracted foreign direct investments (FDI) worth US$ 2,879.95 million between April 2000 to November 2013, according to data published by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
The housing segment accounts for a major portion of the total domestic demand for cement in India. The Government of India (GoI) is strongly focused on infrastructure development to boost economic growth and plans to increase investment in infrastructure to US$ 1 trillion in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17). During the Plan, the industry is estimated to add a capacity of 150 MT of cement production.