So far, the Central Government has made all the right moves as it goes about setting up the National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development (NaBFID). But will the newly created entity be able to deliver on its mandate of developing a robust financing ecosystem for the infrastructure sector once it gets operationalised? The Central...
The new Development Finance Institution (DFI) will be a fairly large entity that will play a key role in the Central Government’s strategy to facilitate the creation of a robust financing ecosystem for infrastructure projects in the country. Simultaneously, the government also remains committed to rolling out systemic interventions to ensure the necessary action on...
MEP Infrastructure Developers Limited has been given April 25, 2017, as the Appointed Date for its Hybrid Annuity project in Gujarat (the Talaja-Mahuva section) in accordance with the Concession Agreement executed with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The project is a part of the Bhavnagar-Veraval stretch.
PR Jaishankar, Chief General Manager, India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL) says that old models of development financing need a complete overhaul. He feels while development financing still holds relevance, it needs to be viewed in the context of the dynamic needs of the emerging environment.
Just as with PPP projects, HAM contracts too are finding financial closure to be a challenge. Banks, especially, are wary of putting their money on developers with weak financials and lack of adequate experience. Industry insiders, however, beg to differ.
Budget should focus on higher funds allocation to infrastructure and improving domestic macroeconomic fundamentals
The priority of the Budget should be to improve the macroeconomic fundamentals of the country and make efforts to meet the fiscal deficit targets of last year. The onus should be on productive utilisation of funds.
India will need $1.5 trillion of investment in infrastructure over the next 10 years. Of this nearly $10 billion is required in sewage treatment plants. Similarly, about $8 billion is required to be invested in ensuring regular drinking water supply.
Sandeep Upadhyay - MD & CEO, Centrum Infrastructure Advisory Ltd, says that a more consultative process involving the NHAI and all stakeholders, by giving due weightage to the lenders, would result in a win-win situation for infrastructure development in India.