The objective of the Project is to mobilize long-term private institutional capital for financing roads and highways in India. The private capital mobilized will be invested in both greenfield infrastructure development and operational infrastructure assets.
Oriental Structural Engineers Private Limited (OSEPL) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Oriental Tollways Private Limited (OTPL), jointly referred to as the Sponsors, have set up an Infrastructure Investment Trust, a new investment vehicle namely Oriental InfraTrust (InvIT). The InvIT has acquired a portfolio of five operating road assets from the Sponsors and will now be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the five assets till the end of the remaining concession period pursuant to the concession agreement. The road assets were initially awarded to the Sponsors by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the concessioning authority, under a build, operate and transfer (BOT) or design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DFBOT) model. The five road assets that have been acquired by the InvIT are:
All the above road assets, other than the Nagpur Betul project, are operated on a toll basis. The Nagpur Betul project is operated on an annuity basis.
The InvIT has appointed Indian Technocrat Limited as the investment manager, and OSEPL as the project manager and the major maintenance manager for the operation and maintenance of the road assets.
The investment by AIIB is in the form of equity in Indian Rupee equivalent of up to USD50 million in the units of the Oriental InfraTrust.
The Project has been co-financed with the IFC and other financial institutions and has been prepared in accordance with the IFC's Policy on Environmental and Social Sustainability (IFC Policy) and Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability (IFC PSs) (2012). AIIB is satisfied that: (i) the IFC Policy and IFC PSs are consistent with AIIB’s Articles of Agreement and are materially consistent with AIIB’s Environmental and Social Policy (ESP) and relevant Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs) and (ii) the monitoring procedures that IFC has in place are appropriate for the Project. Consequently, as permitted by the ESP, AIIB will apply the IFC Policy and IFC PSs to this Project.
Additional information can be found in the project summary.