Growth of eight infrastructure industries dropped to a 10-month low of 3.6 per cent in May due to a decline in production of crude oil and natural gas.
The eight sectors, which also include coal, refinery products, fertilisers, steel and cement, had expanded by 3.9 per cent in May 2017, according to the data released by the commerce and industry ministry today.
This is the lowest growth rate since July 2017 when infrastructure industries had expanded by 2.9 per cent. The growth rate in April was 4.6 per cent.
However, output of coal and fertiliser grew by 12.1 per cent and 8.4 per cent, respectively, in May over the year-ago month.
During April-May this fiscal, the eight core industries recorded a growth of 4.1 per cent as against 3.3 per cent in the same period last year.