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French aid for Bengaluru Metro: Rs 1,504 crore as soft loan

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Bengaluru: In a bid to speed up the already delayed sate-run Bengaluru Metro rail project, a French development agency on Friday announced 200-million euro (Rs1,504 crore) as soft loan for its second phase.

Financing the Metro rail project was part of the credit facility agreement Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) signed with the Indian government in New Delhi on September 3.

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Paris-based AFD is a public development finance institution, which implements the French government’s policies and supports projects that improve living conditions, boost economic growth and protect the planet through a network of 71 agencies the world over.

“The new funding is in addition to the 110-million euros we gave in 2012 for the project’s first phase,” AFD regional director (South Asia) Nicolas Fornage told reporters after signing an agreement with Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola here.

The second phase project, estimated to cost a whopping Rs 26,405 crore at the 2011-12 price level for extending the 42 km first phase by an additional 72 km, was approved by the previous (UPA-2) government on January 30, 2014.

According to Kharola, the loan repayment will be over 15 years at interest rate linked to Euro inter-bank offered rate.

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“The Metro rail project is aimed at improving the public transport system in the city, which has grown rapidly over the last two decades on IT boom and influx of people from all over the country,” Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on the occasion.

Of the estimated cost, the central government would provide Rs 5,281 crore and the state government Rs 8,983 crore, while the remaining amount would be raised through debt from multilateral or bilateral funding agencies like AFD and JICA and Indian financial institutions.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had also contributed to the project’s first phase, while the Asian Development Bank has agreed to grant a $250 million (Rs165 crores) loan for the second phase.

The second phase is expected to be taken up in 2017 after the first phase, which is three years behind schedule, with its cost escalating to over Rs 12,000 crore from Rs 8,000 crore in 2008.

As the country’s third biggest city and hub of the new economy, Bengaluru has about one crore denizens, with 55 lakh vehicles and a floating population of 15-20 lakh daily.

“The Metro network across the expanded city will ease traffic congestion, reduce pollution and promote low-carbon mobility,” AFD said in a statement.

French consul-general Francois Gautier was also present on the occasion.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Another load which is common to most of us is the credit cards. Application process for credit cards is fast but the interest rates can be high. Home equity loans are commonly known as mortgages.

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A probate loan is sometimes known as an inheritance loan which someone borrow against real estate assets which the person has not yet has access to. Pixabay

In today’s world, money plays a very important part especially when we need it to get things done. Not everyone is rich with loads of ready cash at hand. In order to have access to the amount of money needed, there are various loans in the market made available to the people in need.

 

These days, we need loans to buy a house, a car, a loan to further our studies, and a personal loan to get through the month such as paying some outstanding bills. There are four types of common bank loans and they are personal loans, credit cards, home equity loans and the small business loans.

 

Personal loans are unsecured and low in value. Lenders usually need proof of assets equal or greater than the loan requested from consumer. The interest rates are generally higher and usually takes a few days to approve the loan.

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These days, we need loans to buy a house, a car, a loan to further our studies, and a personal loan to get through the month such as paying some outstanding bills. Pixabay

 

Another load which is common to most of us is the credit cards. Application process for credit cards is fast but the interest rates can be high. Home equity loans are commonly known as mortgages. Interest rates for home equity loans are usually low. The interest rates for small business loans are flexible and the terms may vary in both value and length. Getting the approval of such loan may be difficult and the process is usually strict.

 

What happens if the application of a loan with the bank has been rejected? For those who are hard pressed for money, they usually look elsewhere such as private hard money lenders San Diego. These hard money lenders provides types of loans to real estate investors and property owners who are in need of quick and flexible funding options. Their interest rates and fees are usually competitive. Generally, hard money lenders charge high interest rates compared to the bank because they are providing loans which the bank would not provide.

A probate loan is sometimes known as an inheritance loan which someone borrow against real estate assets which the person has not yet has access to. A probate funding is a short term loan which can be an advance on your inheritance, or a loan using your inheritance as collateral. Before taking any loans e.g. probate loans, it is advisable to make sure that you understand the terms and conditions before applying for the loans.

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With a bridge loan, the borrower can buy a new home and wait for the existing home to be sold without restriction and at the same time, he or she could gain a few months free of payments. Pixabay

Another type of loan is the bridge loan. Bridge loans are temporary loans taken from bridge loan lenders to cover an interval between two transactions, usually the purchase of one house and the sale of another house. It is actually something like borrowing a down payment on the new home before they sell off their existing house. This might sound like an ideal solution but it has its risk. Before you decide to commit to a bridge loan, it is better to weigh the benefits and the drawbacks of a bridge loan.

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With a bridge loan, the borrower can buy a new home and wait for the existing home to be sold without restriction and at the same time, he or she could gain a few months free of payments. Bridge loans are usually more expensive than a home equity and the borrower must be able to quality to own two homes. Borrowers have to also consider the cost of two mortgages plus the interest for the bridge loan.