NHAI raises Rs10,000 crore from EPFO bonds; LIC to invest Rs 8,500 crore

The government has also raised additional Rs11,929 crore through investors availing capital gains exemption


MoS for road transport and highways Mansukh L Mandavia had told Rajya Sabha that NHAI plans to raise Rs55,000 crore in the current fiscal.  Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
MoS for road transport and highways Mansukh L Mandavia had told Rajya Sabha that NHAI plans to raise Rs55,000 crore in the current fiscal. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

New Delhi: National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has raised Rs10,000 crore from Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)’s bonds so far this fiscal, while Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has in-principle agreed to subscribe to its taxable bonds worth up to Rs8,500 crore till March-end, Parliament was informed on Thursday.

NHAI in the current fiscal has raised Rs10,000 crore through taxable bonds of EPFO, data presented by minister of state for road transport and highways P.Radhakrishnan in Lok Sabha showed.

“LIC has agreed in principle to subscribe to NHAI taxable bonds to the tune of Rs25,000 crore subject to not more than Rs8,500 crore in one financial year. The terms and conditions are under negotiations,” Radhakrishnan said.

It has also raised additional Rs11,929 crore through investors availing capital gains exemption (outstanding as on 31 October, 2016), the data showed.

Section 54 EC of Income Tax Act, 1961 provides an option to save tax on capital gain arising from transfer of long term capital asset subject to certain conditions.

Besides, the government also raised Rs10,000 crore, Rs5,000 crore and Rs19,000 crore through tax-free bonds during 2011-12, 2013-14 and 2015-16, respectively, the data showed.

“The estimated total investment required by NHAI for execution of different highway projects is Rs71,911 crore (Budget Estimate 2016-17),” Radhakarishnan said.

Earlier this week, minister of state for road transport and highways Mansukh L Mandavia told Rajya Sabha that to finance its various projects, NHAI plans to raise Rs55,000 crore in the current fiscal. It will raise Rs20,000 crore through EPFO, Rs8,500 crore through LIC, Rs5,000 crore each through Masala and 54-EC bonds and Rs16,500 crore from the market, he had said. PTI

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