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Railway finance corp to expand footprint soon: Piyush Goyal

ANI  |  Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] 

Union Minister said on Saturday that the Indian Railway Corporation (IRFC) will expand its footprint into newer lines of in the coming days.

"IRFC in the days to come is going to expand its footprint into the newer lines of and will be able to use its 'minimum alternate tax' better because of which valuation of IRFC can be much better," said at an event here.

However, the added that the final expansion plan would materialise after consultation with the and corporate affairs ministries.

also spoke about the Budget and said he did not need any more funds for the

"I don't need any more funds. I am very satisfied with whatever has been proposed and frankly I may not even need all of that because we have very aggressive plans on monetising some of the assets," he said.

Further elaborating on the plans, said that the Indian will soon change some of the existing guidelines on monetising the land and station assets.

"We are seriously contemplating to increase the lease period from 45 years to 99 years. We are looking at allowing participants to have multiple leases so that the restrictions become easier. We are looking to allow them to mortgage the asset that they get so that they can raise finances easier and we are removing end use restrictions.

We are allowing them to use it for whatever fits into the Planning Act. With these I am given to understand after extensive stakeholder deliberations that there is a lot of excitement to get involved," he added.

In order to maximise the value of railways, further plans to penalize the department for delay in approval process.

"The developers had been concerned about the approval process. We are bringing in new guidelines by which we are going to put a penalty on ourselves for every single day of delay. If a person has invested Rs. 500 crores and the is supposed to give him an approval in 15 days, if they don't do that, for every day they will have to be penalised at penal rates of interest," said.

He believes that this step will not only help the department but also bring in certainty and predictability to developers.

"With this, we can maximize the value for the and not be dependent on the Union Budget for our funds," the concluded.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 19:22 IST