The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the continuation and revamping of the scheme for financial support to public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the infrastructure viability gap funding (VGF) Scheme till 2024-25 with a total outlay of Rs 81 billion.
The macroeconomic aspects of GST havenÂ´t been taken into account. If the government says that it will collect more revenue, then that means that prices will have to rise because itÂ´s an indirect tax. If prices rise, then industrial output would tend to stagnate or decline.
Despite the 20 per cent viability gap funding offered by the government, no private player is ready to bid for the 22-km trans-harbour sea link road project connecting New Mumbai to Sewri. This is because infrastructure developers feel that the Rs 10,000-crore project is unviable as it involves high finance costs and lack of liquidity
Besides the need for enhancing capacity which is being met through major capital works like the DFC project, investment in rolling stock, providing improved terminal access, and improvements and investment in the last leg connectivity between the rail network and the cargo loading and unloading points are likely to be key areas that will need to be addressed through various policy initiatives of the Railways.
The Union Finance Ministry has sanctioned viability gap funding of Rs 1,920 crore for the Mumbai trans-harbour link, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has said. The project, estimated to cost Rs 9,630 crore, will be implemented on public-private partnership mode. The construction period will be for five years.