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PNB Housing Finance raises Rs 690 cr for affordable housing projects

PNB Housing Finance Managing Director Sanjaya Gupta said that this was the first ECB disbursement in the current financial year
New Delhi: PNB Housing Finance Ltd said on Monday that it has raised Rs 690 crore ($100 million) from International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to fund the purchase of affordable housing projects. “The investment was made under the central bank’s automatic route in the revamped external commercial borrowings (ECB) framework,” a regulatory filing said.

First ECB disbursement in FY2019-20

PNB Housing Finance Managing Director Sanjaya Gupta said that this was the first ECB disbursement in the current financial year under the RBI automatic route and added that several other ECB proposals are in the pipeline. “The RBI has allowed us to borrow ECB up to $750 million annually under the automatic route and considering the strong fundamentals and inherent growth of the company, we are hopeful that in the coming months our company will further utilise the facility,” Gupta said.

‘Strong emphasis on affordable housing sector’

“To support the Indian government's vision of Housing for All by 2022, our country strategy places a strong emphasis on the affordable housing sector... Our partnership with PNB Housing Finance will help them further expand to smaller towns and cities and reach low-income customers with loans to buy homes and help raise their living standards,” IFC South Asia Manager Financial Institutions Group Hemalata Mahalingam said.