At the outset, Aditi Maheshwari, Climate Change Policy Specialist at the Washington DC-based International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group might appear to be demure, even reticent.
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.
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.
India Grid Trust has filed its draft red herring prospectus with SEBI for a proposed IPO of Rs 2,650 crore. The investment trust, sponsored by Sterlite Power Grid Ventures Ltd, owns inter-state power transmission assets in India.
SEBI had issued guidelines a couple of years back for infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs). The markets regulator has now granted permission to three companies Â— IRB Infrastructure, GMR and MEP Infrastructure Â— to launch the trusts.