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Today the road sector is much more mature and robust

Today the road sector is much more mature and robust

A candid interview with experienced financier PR Jaishankar, MD, IIFCL PR Jaishankar, MD, India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd. (IIFCL), an experienced financier helming the infrastructure financing affairs, shares his deep thoughts on the latest progress, the pace of road development, new strategies carried out by IIFCL to speed up the infra projects, and much more from...

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The Sweet Spot

The Sweet Spot

While the road sector is arguably in a sweet spot, land acquisition is unquestionably the biggest hurdle afflicting roads development.

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Construction risk is higher than post-construction risk

Construction risk is higher than post-construction risk

The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) is planning a third fund targeting investment in greenfield projects, with a view to provide long-tenor financing. Sujoy Bose, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, NIIF shares some insights, particularly on the roads sector.

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Ambitious Target

Ambitious Target

The initiatives that will have a direct bearing on the pace of execution include awarding projects after securing 80 per cent right of way, expediting projects stuck midway, delegating the power to grant forest clearances to regional offices, filing online for clearances to construct road over bridges (ROBs) and road under bridges (RUBs) and increasing the limit on sand mining.

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Traction Ahead!

Traction Ahead!

The Railways has sizeable capex plans for the five year period 2015-19 involving a capital outlay of Rs.8.56 trillion. The annual capital outlay for FY2016-18 was increased significantly to meet the five-year targets. NITI Aayog has also finalised the three year action agenda (2018-20).

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The Big Infra Opportunity

The Big Infra Opportunity

Stakeholders harp on the government's infrastructure push and expect construction orders of Rs.18 trillion in the next six years. This order inflow volume should support 12 to 15 per cent of industry-level execution of compound annual growth rate (CAGR).