Uttar Pradesh: After Lucknow and Ghaziabad, four more local bodies to float municipal bonds

The Yogi Government in UP has permitted Varanasi, Kanpur, Agra and Prayagraj Municipal Corporations to issue municipal bonds

Rashmi SharmaUpdated: Wednesday, October 05, 2022, 03:54 PM IST
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UP CM Yogi Adityanath poses with the bull statue at the BSE during the listing ceremony of Lucknow Nagar Nigam bonds at the exchange, in Mumbai, on December 2, 2020 | PTI

Lucknow: To meet expenses on developmental works, more civic bodies in Uttar Pradesh will tap the capital market. Along the lines of Lucknow and Ghaziabad, more municipal corporation in UP might float bonds in coming days.

The Yogi Government in UP has permitted Varanasi, Kanpur, Agra and Prayagraj Municipal Corporations to issue municipal bonds.

The Principal Secretary, Urban Development in UP, Amrit Abhijaat in an order issued to these four municipal corporations has instructed them to start preparations for the bond issue.

The size of these bond issues would be Rs 100 - 100 crores to be placed to the financial institutions. He added that to develop infrastructure facilities and carry on works on various projects in these cities, the municipal bodies needs funds.

The state government has appointed Financial Controller of Jal Nigam, Mahamilind Lal as the nodal officer for the bond issues. The municipal corporations would take the help of the nodal officer for floating bond issue. The municipal corporations have also been asked to obtain credit rating from the credit rating agencies.

It may be mentioned that the UP Government had allowed Lucknow and Ghaziabad Municipal Corporations to float bonds in the year 2019. After this, these corporations had got credit ratings done by the agencies approved by the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

The bond issues of Ghaziabad and Lucknow Municipal Corporation were a mega success. The Lucknow Municipal Corporation had become the first civic body in UP to bring a bond of Rs 200 crore. This bond issue was opened for subscription to the financial institutions.

The bond issue of Lucknow Municipal Corporation had a Double A rating from the credit rating agencies CRISIL, Rickworth and Samayara and it was managed by AK Capitals. The bond issue of Lucknow Municipal Corporation was listed in Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

Later in the year 2020, Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation had mopped up Rs 150 crore from the capital market through its bond issue. Of this, Rs 100 crore had come from the base issue while Rs 50 crore were received through the green shoe option. This bond issue had received 40 online bids worth Rs 401 crore on the bidding platform of BSE. It was oversubscribed by four times.

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