Citing an example, he said toll collections are back to 88 per cent of pre-COVID-19 levels, e-way bills are increasing and electricity consumption has stabilised.
Parekh, the non-executive chairman of mortgage lender HDFC, said residential housing sales for this quarter have gone up by 34 per cent as people are buying ready-to-move-in apartments.
Agriculture too has been a very promising story and the country is expected to have record foodgrain production of 300 million tonnes this year, he added.
On the growth outlook, Parekh said “for the first quarter we had contraction of 24 per cent but I am not too worried about that because India was in complete lockdown for most part of the quarter.”
“For this (second) quarter which ended in September, we are expecting minus 5 per cent and last quarter we will be in positive territory. So I remain reasonably optimistic about India’s potential,” he added.
He said India is a domestic consumption-based economy and demand is set to rise in the coming months.
“We are consuming what we are producing, so demand has to increase…I am very optimistic about India story in short to medium term,” he added.
Despite the shrinking economy, he said, Indian companies have raised USD 31 billion in the last couple of months, indicating there is enough liquidity in the market.