The highway sector has been the ignitor of PPP framework in India. The sector has received a significant support from the government and NHAI has played its role well through constant innovation.
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.
Nearly Rs 54 billion will be generated through the auction off the second tranche of eight completed national highway projects. The Toll Operate Transfer (TOT) will be responsible for the maintenance and will have the right to collect the toll on these stretches for 30 years.
If the Indian economy needs to sustain its growth momentum in the coming decade, developing world-class infrastructure facilities is of paramount importance. Traditionally in India, a significant portion of debt requirement for financing infrastructure has been met by borrowing from domestic banks.
Minimising of project execution risks and introduction of strong deterrents for non-performers are the only long-term solutions to ensure seamless funding for infrastructure projects, says Srishti Ahuja Taneja, Director, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young.
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.