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1.Union Cabinet approves NHAI’s request to set up an infrastructure investment trust

As reported, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) received the Union Cabinet’s approval for setting up an infrastructure investment trust (InvIT) – permitting the body to monetise its completed national highways and therefore, fulfil its funding requirements.


2.RBI permitting banks to lend to InvITs positive

Now, with the availability of bank debt financing, InvIT issuances can further gain prominence, says ICRA


3.FM announces $1.4-trillion spend on infrastructure

The move is a key component of India’s ambitious goal to become a $5 trillion economy by 2024


4.ICRA: RBI permitting banks to lend to InvITs positive

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently issued a notification on lending by banks to Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs). While earlier, RBI had permitted banks to invest in units of InvITs, in the absence of clarity on lending to InvITs banks were reluctant to extend credit facilities to InvITs.


5.FM announces $ 1.4-trillion spend on infrastructure

India is set to spend $ 1.4 trillion on developing its infrastructure in the next five years, according to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The move is a key component of the country’s ambitious goal to become a $ 5 trillion economy by 2024.


6.Funding crunch, rising costs may derail India’s roads sector

With NHAI and the private sector re-strategising, the funding crunch and increasing construction costs may derail the country’s roads and highways sector. Recently, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) stated to NHAI that the government is reportedly not keen to sustain its large investments in building highways.


7.The Finance Minister announced spending of USD 1.4 trillion on infrastructure

India is set to spend USD 1.4 trillion on developing its infrastructure in the next five years, according to the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The move is seen in the backdrop of the country’s ambitious goal to become a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024.


8.Time for a hybrid toll model in roads sector: ICRA

There has been a lot of debate in recent times about the need for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to focus on asset monetisation and tap alternate funding avenues, such as toll-operate-transfer (TOT) and infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs), given the huge funding requirement for Bharatmala.


9.Funding crunch, rising construction costs may derail India’s roads sector

With NHAI and the private sector re-strategising, the funding crunch and increasing construction costs may derail the country’s roads and highways sector. Recently, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) stated to NHAI that the Government is reportedly not keen to sustain its large investments in building highways.


10.ICRA: Time for a Hybrid Toll Model in road sector

NHAI may revert to BOT(Toll) mode of awards given the increasing financial burden