Housing projects to get fresh funding
The revival plan will not only include unfinished housing projects in metros and the National Capital Region but also in Tier II and Tier III cities and those for economically weaker sections.
“Banks are advised to submit a list to NHB of all such semi-constructed projects with their location details together with remarks about non-completion/semi completion, which may be considered viable by the banks for funding and completion of the project,” the department of financial services has written in a recent missive to all public sector lenders.
Separately, NHB chairman RV Verma has also written to all PSB chiefs on the issue asking them to adopt a project and location specific approach to ensure optimum demand for housing units.
The NHB has advocated that banks should first provide financial support to small developers with standalone projects through an escrow mechanism. Further, they should also ensure that payment from individual buyers should be partly used by the builders for paying off their loans.
Pointing out that intervention in stalled projects will prevent cost overruns, Verma has also urged that bank lendings can replace borrowings by builders from informal sector or the NBFCs that charge a much high interest.
“This will result in gradual closure of the project
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