New Delhi: In an extraordinary initiative taken up by the Indian Railways last year for setting up of Joint Venture companies involving different states in the country, so far, only 5 State Governments namely Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala and Odisha have signed the JV agreement to create State specific joint ventures companies and undertake project development, resource mobilization and monitoring of mutually identified rail infrastructure project(s) with equity participation of Ministry of Railways limited to maximum 50%.
State Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana have also agreed to form joint venture companies.
The Joint Venture Company can form Project Specific Subsidiary Company (Project SPV) which may have equity holding by other stakeholders like Banks, PSUs, Ports, Mining Companies etc. for its implementation. (c): Indian Railways has taken steps to mobilize resources over and above the available Budgetary Resources to fasttrack execution of projects.
Ministry of Railways has arranged Extra Budgetary Resources from Financial Institutions including Life Insurance Corporation of India for which Ministry of Railways has signed an MoU with LIC for a loan of 1,50,000 crore to be received over a period of five years, for funding capacity enhancement projects.
In addition, Ministry of Railways has approached State Governments to either share the cost of the projects or take up the projects through joint venture to be formed with the respective State Government. The extent of implementation of projects depends upon the response of the State Government.
So far, 16 States have come forward to share cost of 43 projects. The total cost of these 43 projects is 62,379 crore. State Governments are sharing 25% to 66% cost of the project. In addition, some of the State Governments are also giving land free.
This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 30.11.2016.