IRFC, IIFCL ink pact for financing railways infra

Ministry of Railways' Miniratna firm IRFC and IIFCL, under the Ministry of Finance, have inked an agreement for financing railways infrastructure

New Delhi: Ministry of Railways' Miniratna firm IRFC (Indian Railway Finance Corporation) and IIFCL (India Infrastructure Finance Company) under the Ministry of Finance inked an agreement on October 11 for financing railways infrastructure. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to strengthen cooperation in financing railway infrastructure projects with forward and backward linkages to the Indian Railways sector.

The MoU was signed by Amitabh Banerjee, Chairman and Managing Director of IRFC, and Padmanabhan Raja Jaishankar, Managing Director, IIFCL, in the presence of senior officers of both the organisations here.

IRFC and IIFCL will amplify each other's capabilities

Under the MoU, IRFC and IIFCL will amplify each other's capabilities, enabling them to jointly leverage the financing opportunities for viable infrastructure projects.

"The partnership between IRFC and IIFCL is a step towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of making India a USD 5 trillion economy by 2025. This symbiotic relationship between two premier financing institutions would play a pivotal role in providing impetus towards development of railway infrastructure in the country," Banerjee told reporters.

It will lead to enhanced customer experience and reduce logistics cost by facilitating state-of-the-art infrastructure, he said.

Jaishankar said IIFCL has been leading the infrastructure financing sector in the country and this MoU will enable both parties to strengthen cooperation in co-financing of projects.

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