Metro To Bengaluru Airport Hits Funding Barrier: BMRCL Seeks Loan, Central Aid After UDF Plan Falls Through


Metro To Bengaluru Airport Hits Funding Barrier: BMRCL Seeks Loan, Central Aid After UDF Plan Falls Through

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is planning to seek a loan of 500 million dollars to gain momentum on the airport metro project, Deccan Herald has reported. The BMRCL is also requesting Rs 500 crore aid from the centre after its proposal of raising funds through the User Development Fee (UDF) fell through.

Managing Director of BMRCL, Ajay Seth said the corporation is seeking the $500 million with moderate interest rates, with a long-term loan, upto 20 years. He adds the formal request of the loan needs to pass through the Union Government. “We have held a discussion with the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The request is yet to be sent to the Union government,” he said.

The BMRCL needs funds for the project after the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA), had blocked the proposal of raising Rs 1,000 crore by using the UDF, ruling that it can be used once after metro services begin. Read More

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