In what belies the popular notion of a depressed investment environment in the country, the government’s spending on central sector projects commissioned in the first half of the previous financial year had risen exponentially, according to data obtained from the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI).

In the central sector, India commissioned projects worth a record Rs 43,000 crore between April and September 2011-12, a whopping 250 per cent jump over the investment of Rs 17,835 crore in projects completed during the same period in 2008-09,