Pune Municipal Corporation Raises Rs 200 Crore Through Sale Of Municipal BondsPune Municipal Corporation (Photo Credit: PMC website)

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has raised Rs 200 crore by selling municipal bonds. PMC is the first urban local body to do so after new norms were laid down by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) two years ago. The last time municipal bonds were sold was 14 years ago by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) in 1998.

The bonds were priced at a coupon of 7.59 per cent, to be paid twice in a year. PMC Commissioner Kunal Kumar said that the issue was subscribed six times and a number of investors that included banks, insurance companies and pension funds participated.

As part of a Rs 2,260 crore borrowing plan spread over the next five years, the next issue could be made in December or March next year.

We were confident on our back-end system. We have improved our financials, we have taken active steps on improving our governance structure and overall we had a very sound project to bring to the market.
PMC Commissioner Kunal Kumar

The funds raised by the bond sale will be used for a Rs 3,500 crore water metering project which also has financial backing from the centre’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) as well as the Smart Cities Mission.

SBI Capital Markets president and chief operating officer Ashwani Bhatia, who was involved in the deal said that the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) could be the next urban local body to offer municipal bonds.

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