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Municipal debt market may cross Rs 1000 crore mark

The municipal debt market is expected to cross Rs 1,000 crore mark from the present Rs 733 crore, a top rating agency official said in Mumbai.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2009 20:55 IST

The municipal debt market is expected to cross Rs 1,000 crore mark from the present Rs 733 crore, a top rating agency official said in Mumbai.

"The municipal debt market is expected to cross Rs 1,000 crore mark in 2-3 years time from the present Rs 733 crore as more municipal corporations have potential to raise funds through the debt market to meet their capital expenditure plans," Credit Analysis Research Ltd (CARE), Deputy Managing Director, D R Dogra, told reporters in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The Indian municipal debt market remains highly limited in total size as also in the number of participants. With the total size of around Rs 733 crore and nine corporations participating, the municipal debt forms a minuscule part of the public debt market.

This is in sharp contrast to some other developed and emerging economies. In the United States, the bond market totals over USD 2 trillion and comprises over 10 per cent of the total debt market.

Moreover, many markets have also evolved sophisticated credit enhancement structures catering to their respective needs. Given the large number of smaller corporations and sub-investment grade municipalities that could possibly access the debt markets, building on existing enhancement models prevalent in India become important, Dogra said.

CARE today announced the release of issuer ratings of 13 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) as a part of an assignment under the Jawahalal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

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