Budget 2013 may offer income tax breaks to spur savings
“We have already got 14 proposals for providing partial guarantee to bonds totalling R5,000 crore of infrastructure SPVs. IIFCL is working towards launching a regular credit enhancement scheme very soon,” said IIFCL chairman SK Goel. For instance, GMR has approached IIFCL for credit enhancement for their airport projects in Delhi and Hyderabad, he said.
The government is also in discussion with Asian Development Bank for partial credit guarantee facility that could help corporates raise rupee equivalent of $12 billion through bonds over the next three years, sources said.
India will require $1 trillion investment in infrastructure during the 12th Plan period (April 2012 to March 2017) to sustain over 8% GDP growth, but Indian banks may not be able to finance the entire amount considering the asset-liability mismatches and the permissible exposure limit in infrastructure lending. Equity financing is equally scarce for infrastructure projects, which is why the government is relying on corporate bond market to arrange most of the funds for infrastructure.
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