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.
As reported, nine road stretches of around 566 km running through Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Tamil Nadu that were put up for auctioning under the toll-operate-transfer (TOT) model by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), are expected to receive bids from Adani Enterprises, Cube Highways and Infrastructure, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and IRB Infrastructure.
With a floor price of 49.95 billion, the recent proposal consists of nine highway stretches that run through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu covering a total distance of approximately 566 km.
Timely monetisation of mature road assets through the toll-operate-transfer (TOT) route will be a critical determining factor in plugging the shortfall in budgetary allocations and fetch requisite funding to support ambitious execution targets set for the Bharatmala programme
While the NHAI borrowing programme is on track, the budgetary allocation in the last two budgets was lower than required thereby necessitating dependence on other funding avenues, says rating agency ICRA.
According to rating firm ICRA outlook for the road sector, while the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project executions may witness a temporary slowdown during the general elections; the build-operate-transfer (BOT) and hybrid annuity model (HAM) projects executions are expected to continue unabated.