Banks tap finmin over worries of power NPAs

Dec 24 2012, 03:53 IST
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SummaryChidambaram agrees to take up concerns on private power companies with related ministries.

of a little over Rs 2 lakh crore of private companies are now facing potential stress. Gas-based capacity of 14,000 MW is likely to come under stress, with an estimated bank debt of Rs 36,500 crore being sunk in these projects.

Companies’ projects facing potential stress include that of Adani (with debt of Rs 24,100 crore), Lanco (Rs 20,100 crore), Reliance Power (Rs 32,600 crore), Tata Power (Rs 14,400 crore), IndiaBulls (Rs 21,200 crore), Essar (Rs 21,900 crore debt), JSW Energy (Rs 6,700 crore), JVPL (Rs 15,500 crore) andKSK (Rs 6,000 crore), the report said.

Bankers, however, acknowledged that none of the debt to private companies has been admitted to the corporate debt restructuring (CDR) cell as yet, but the credit risks have increased.

“We need to resolve these issues urgently as these companies have put in huge investment and they are not generating any assets or earnings. These loans have not reached a stage to be referred to the CDR cell for restructuring. There is still time and we can save the funds,” said a senior banker at a PSB, asking not to be named.

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