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Maha may indemnify bankers funding infra projects

With large infrastructure projects worth trillions underway in the state, Maharashtra is looking at revamping its funding model, so that bankers funding such projects will be covered by government, a senior state official said.

“Maharashtra is considering indemnifying bankers, who fund infrastructure projects. This will form part of the agreement that they sign with the developers,” state PWD principal secretary Ashish Kumar Singh told a panel discussion at the Ficci-organised national banking summit here.

Noting that a lot of infrastructure projects are funded by the NBFCs with a short-term view, Singh underlined the need for long-term funding.

The official did not elaborate as the plan is yet to be approved by the state cabinet.

The state is on capex spree with Mumbai alone having over Rs 1 trillion investments in metro lines (seven underway), a new international airport worth Rs 18,000 crore (being developed by the GVK Group that also runs the city airport along with Cidco).

That apart, the government is also working on the over Rs 18,000-crore Mumbai-Trans-Harbour Link that will connect the eastern periphery of the city with JNPT and Panvel, and a Rs 15,000-core coastal road project on the western waterfront, among others.

The state is also planning an elevated fast line on the local train line between CST and Panvel.

It is also building an expressway between Mumbai and Nagpur at an investment of over Rs 46,000 crore apart from an airport and metro in the state’s second largest city Pune.

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