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Additional 180-day window for resolution of 34 stressed power projects proposed

New Delhi: Additional 180 days could be provided for resolution of 34 stressed power projects with a view to avoiding potential value erosion of operating plants, according to a government report.

As per the current RBI norms, banks need to restructure stressed assets within 180 days or six months.

If recommendations of the report which was in compliance of the order of Allahabad High Court are accepted, banks would get about a year for restructuring their power sector loans of about Rs 1.74 lakh crore.

The high court on 31 May stayed the 12 February RBI circular on companies other than willful defaulters and directed the finance ministry to hold a meeting of all stakeholders on resolutions.

Acting on the direction, a meeting chaired by financial services Secretary Rajiv Kumar with all stakeholders was convened on 22 June. On the basis of the meeting, a report was prepared and sent to the Power Ministry for further action as per the court order.

 Additional 180-day window for resolution of 34 stressed power projects proposed

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According to sources, the report pointed out that the commissioned power plants with capacity of about 40,000 MW needs to be considered differently to avoid potential value erosion and unreasonable haircut for banks that may happen otherwise.

"For these commissioned assets, additional time of 180 days beyond the period permitted by 12 February, 2018, circular before the case is referred to NCLT could be provided a window for optimising operations," it said.

During this additional period of 180 days, it said, banks should undertake more intensive monitoring of the said assets and its cash flow to save it from turning non-performing.

Similar recommendations were made by Standing Committee on Energy earlier in March. The Parliamentary Committee recommended that an additional 180 days beyond the timelines prescribed under RBI's 12 February circular may be allowed to commissioned power projects which have been commissioned before February 12 or have not been referred to NCLT.

Besides, the report suggested setting up of a High Level Empowered Committee (HLEC). In line with the report the report, the government last week constituted a high-level empowered panel under the cabinet secretary to resolve and revive 34 stressed power projects.

The HLEC will have representatives from the ministries of railways, finance, power, coal and the lenders having major exposure to the power sector.

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Updated Date: Aug 06, 2018 11:25:07 IST