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Road sector alone saved Rs 3 lakh crore worth of loans: Nitin Gadkari 

By PN Team Posted on Aug, 11 2017

As banks work overtime to resolve dud loans worth over Rs 8 lakh crore, Union minister Nitin Gadkari today claimed proactive steps taken by the government in the road sector have helped save Rs 3 lakh crore of loans from slipping into bad assets. 

 

"With the cooperation of the finance minister and the prime minister, we took 22 Cabinet decisions, and conducted meetings day and night. Because of that, today there is a situation where we've saved banks from Rs 3 lakh crore of NPAs," Gadkari told. 

The minister, who was here to attend the listing ceremony of Cochin Shipyard, said infrastructure was a "challenge" when the NDA government came to power in May 2014, when 403 stalled road projects, with a banking system exposure of Rs 3.85 lakh crore, were on the verge of becoming non- performing assets. 

Gadkari, who handles key infrastructure-related portfolios, said there is no problem with the road sector at present and money is not an issue anymore.

The minister, who had earlier this week blamed the bureaucracy and judicial interventions for laxity in progress on infrastructure projects, said "the system not running fast is the problem" now. 

It can be noted that after identifying the problem assets, the banking system has begun a process of resolution, led by the RBI-mandated insolvency proceedings for 12 large defaulters who constitute a fourth of the system's dud assets of over Rs 8 lakh crore. 

 

(Inputs from ET)

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