Indian housing sector is under severe financial crisis.Many builders have gone bankrupt and many are in jails.
Homebuyers are also suffering in this crisis.Now government of India has come to their rescue as emergency manager.
On 6 November,2019,the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to approved the establishment of a ‘Special Window’ fund.
It will provide priority debt financing for the completion of stalled housing projects that are in the Affordable and Middle-Income Housing sector.
For the purposes of the fund, the government shall act as the Sponsor and the total commitment to be infused by the Government would be upto INR 10,000 crore.
The fund will be set up as a Category-11 AIF (Alternate Investment Fund) debt fund registered with SEBI and would be professionally run.
For the first AIF under the Special Window, it is proposed that SBICAP Ventures Limited shall be engaged to be the Investment Manager.
This fund would in turn would provide relief to developers that require funding to complete a set of unfinished projects and consequently ensure delivery of homes to the home-buyers.
Since the real estate industry is intrinsically linked with several other industries, growth in this sector will have a positive effect in releasing stress in other major sectors of the Indian economy as well.
The Finance Minister on September 14, 2019 had announced that a special window for affordable and middle-income housing will be created.
Providing safe houses to poor and middle classes is a big challenge for government in India.
This special window will provide last mile funding for housing projects which are stressed.
Subsequently, Inter-ministerial consultations and several stakeholder consultations were held with the housing industry including Housing Finance Companies, Banks, NBFCs, Investors, and Real Estate Developers.
Problems being faced by home buyers, developers, lenders, and investors were ascertained that could be addressed through the Special Window.
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