Ministry of Road Transport Proposes To Develop Additional 60000 Km Of National Highways In Next Five Years
ITNL, a subsidiary of IL&FS, on 31 March 2021 has duly received settlement amount of Rs 673 crore for Kiratpur Ner Chowk Expressway (KNCEL) and Rs 20 crore towards claims for Chenani Nashri Tunnelway (CNTL) - from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
With these two projects, NHAI and MoRTH have settled aggregate IL&FS claims of over Rs 1,804 crore across 6 Road projects.
KNCEL project was foreclosed under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) guidelines of March 2019 for stalled and incomplete projects. CNTL is a completed project, earning annuities, and the Rs 19.6 crore is the claim amount towards change of scope.
Earlier, Fagne Songadh Expressway Ltd (FSEL), a 100% subsidiary of ITNL, completed its settlement with NHAI under the new MoRTH policy on stuck up projects receiving an amount of Rs 707 crore.
Other IL&FS projects settled under claims and compensation by NHAI with the New Board till date include: Jorabat Shillong Expressway (JSEL) Rs 252 crore; Baleshwar Kharagpur Expressway (BKEL) (Rs 8 crore); and ITNL Road Infrastructure Development Company (IRIDCL) (Rs 144 crore) that was settled by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).
FSEL, KNCEL and IRIDCL have been handed over to the Authorities post settlement of claims. BKEL will form part of the InVIT that will include 11 Road projects in two phases.
Between FSEL, KNCEL, IRIDCL - IL&FS would be addressing an aggregate debt of Rs 3500 crore through NHAI and MoRTH Settlements.
As per the Road Transport and Highways Ministry's guidelines formulated in March 2019, incomplete or stalled projects for various reasons, authorities would be able to foreclose the project's concession agreement and pay a compensation based on value of work done or 90 per cent of debt due, whichever is lower.
FSEL and KNCEL have been settled under these guidelines.
IL&FS Group, as part of its Debt Resolution framework approved by NCLAT, is following a multi- pronged strategy for its Road assets to address debt. The Group has plans to form InVIT for 12 Road projects, settle incomplete projects under MoRTH guidelines and monetize balance Road Assets to the highest bidder. There is a pending settlement of Rs 902 crore for the Khed Sinnar Expressway project and Rs 171 crore for Amravati Chikli Expressway from NHAI.
The company has got approval from Hon'ble Justice Jain to sell JSEL, an amber company, to Sekura Roads (backed by Edelweiss Infrastructure Yield Plus) that bid Rs 916 crore for 100% stake addressing Rs 1,600 crore debt. JSEL is a four-lane highway from Jorabat to Shillong on NH-40, which connects Shillong, Mizoram and Tripura with Guwahati.
Similarly, Cube Highways & Infrastructure II PTE emerged the highest bidder, with bid of Rs 3,900 crore for 100% stake in CNTL that would address Rs 4,910 crore of aggregate debt on completion.
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