Rs 1.5L crore needed for stalled projects

Rs 1.5L crore needed for stalled projects
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Rs 1.5L crore needed for stalled projects

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With the Covid-19 pandemic bringing the already-stressed real estate sector to a grinding halt, the president of Naredco, Niranjan Hiranandani, has said that alternate investment funds worth Rs 1.50 lakh crore are required for the completion of the stalled housing projects in the country, in line with the 'SWAMIH' fund.

The SWAMIH fund announced last year by the government has a total corpus of Rs 25,000 crore, with the government infusing Rs 10,000 crore of the total fund. Hiranandani said that banks and financial institutions are willing to invest in such funds and the government does not need to put in any more money.

"We need to have more funds for the purposes of last mile funding of stalled projects, like it has been done in the SWAMIH fund. My recommendation has been to increase that fund from Rs 25,000 crore to Rs 1.50 lakh crore," he said.

He suggested that five more funds with a minimum corpus of Rs 25,000 crore in each are required.

"Various banks and financial institutions are ready to do this funding if they are given permission for an alternate investment fund to be opened by them," said Hiranandani, the President of the National Real Estate Development Council (Naredco). Hiranandani said that he has also talked to major private banks and they are willing to set up and invest in such funds.

The founder-MD of the Hiranandani Group also said that there is a need for sovereign guaranteed loans for the real estate sector in line with the ECLGS rolled out for the MSMEs in the 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' economic package.

He reiterated Naredco's demand for a one-time roll-over of all the outstanding debt of developers to ease the liquidity in the sector. All these suggestions have been made to the government, he said.

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