The Project Finance (direct lending) activities of the Bank are being undertaken in terms of Section 14 (ba) of the Act. The aim of the Bank’s Project Finance Policy is to facilitate increase in the overall housing stock in the country through supply side intervention with special emphasis on the housing needs of the economically weaker sections of society.
B. – Eligible Entities
1 – Public Agencies
The Bank seeks to provide financial assistance to the following public agencies for their housing programmes:
State Housing Boards/Improvement Trusts
State Slum Clearance Boards/Authorities
Municipal Corporations/Councils, Urban Local Bodies
New Town Development Agencies
Local Authorities for housing & urban development
Housing Welfare Organizations of Central and State Government employees like CGEWHO, AWHO, AFNHB, IRWO etc.
Other Agencies set up for specific housing programmes.
SPVs set up by public housing agencies / public financial institutions, solely or jointly with private sector either for specific project or on a continuing basis.
Affordable Housing projects under Public Private Partnership models in line with State Housing Policies wherein Public Agencies appointed as a nodal agency for construction/ implementing large scale construction of Affordable Housing (with focus on EWS & LIG housing)
The following projects of Public Housing Agencies will be eligible for financial support:
Slum rehabilitation/slum improvement Projects.
Residential Housing Projects.
Township cum housing development project.
Land acquisition for the purpose of township and housing development.
Land development for housing construction.
Turn-key housing projects
Programme lending for special housing projects undertaken consequent to natural calamities.
Infrastructure development for housing settlements.
Rental housing projects
Facility for construction financing will be extended to Corporates for their employees’ rental/ownership housing.
Term Loans Depending on the purpose of the loan, term loans may be provided to any of the eligible agencies for a tenure not exceeding 15 years. Short term loans may be provided to the borrowers for a period not exceeding 2 years to meet their short-term liquidity requirements.
1 Tenure of Loans
Project finance shall be made available for a maximum period not exceeding 15 years including moratorium period, if any.
2 – Security
Depending on the nature of the borrower, any one or more of the following securities may be obtained:
Mortgage / charge over immovable property / charge over receivables / Bank guarantee / Government guarantee / Fixed Deposit Receipts of Scheduled Commercial Banks / Corporate guarantee
Any other security, as acceptable to NHB on a case to case basis
Public Sector Agencies / Joint Sector Agencies –minimum 100% of the amount of loan.
The sanction shall be valid for six months.
The rates of interest for all the project finance loans shall be based on Internal Credit Rating of the agencies/project and the tenure of the loan.
Financial assistance with maximum annual limit of 5.00 crores for Water and Sanitation Programmes being undertaken by Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) with interest rate of 4.00% p.a.
Pre-payment of loans may be allowed after receiving one month’s notice and shall be subject to pre-payment charges of 0.50% of the amount to be prepaid.
Repayment of principal will be made in equal quarterly/monthly installments which shall commence on the first day of succeeding quarter/month after the moratorium period
Payment of interest will be made on monthly/quarterly basis, including during the moratorium period, before repayment of the installments becomes due.
A service fee (upfront) of 0.5% of the loan amount will be charged from all borrowers in respect of the proposals submitted by them.
The KYC of borrowers would be carried out as per the KYC Policy of the Bank.
Agencies desirous of availing financial assistance from NHB must fulfill certain criteria and conditions. For more information please contact as under.
Project Finance Department
National Housing Bank
Core 5-A, 4th Floor
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
New Delhi – 110 003
phone (011) 39187182/39187324
Email : pfd[at]nhb[dot]org[dot]in
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