There are many sources to fund projects envisaged by selected smart cities. One of the important means is grants by governments-state and central. In fact, the smart cities can structure themselves to monetise some of the assets under their possession and identify revenue-generating projects.
Long term financing has been ailing the infrastructure sector making alternate non-banking financing options like Infrastructure Debt Funds (IDFs) more viable. Rahul Kamat and Garima Pant explore the IDF environment in India. The yawning infrastructure gap in the country is seeking closure to unleash its locked growth potential.
Rather than having viability problems, infrastructure projects are typically Â“front-endedÂ”, so it is often the mismatch between the lending and the projectÂ’s revenue-making tenures that lead to an increased likelihood of restructuring, says Arundhati Bhattacharya, MD & CEO of SBI Capital Markets in an interaction with Sumantra Das.
Restructuring is fast becoming a norm among infrastructure and power companies in particular. With a 30 per cent exposure within infrastructure to power, SBI has been acting on both restructuring as well as advising the government on what norms to adopt for discoms before finance.
S Vishvanathan, MD and CEO, SBI Capital Markets, explains why the regulators of IDF have taken a rather cautious approach in developing it, and suggests that banks can take on the initial risk and then pass it on to IDFs-thus retaining the asset throughout the project.
As the country's most experienced lead finance arranger for infrastructure projects, SBI Capital Markets, turned 25 this year, S Vishvanathan, MD and CEO, projects what
the journey for infrastructure finance and project structuring means, and says uncertainties and other hurdles are temporary in the long run.