NHAI Conducts Workshop on Insurance Surety Bonds

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NHAI organized a workshop in New Delhi to discuss the implementation of Insurance Surety Bonds (ISB) for NHAI contracts. The objective was to review progress and encourage wider adoption of the instrument. The workshop featured addresses by key NHAI officials and representatives from various stakeholders, including Central Government Ministries, Insurance Companies, and industry associations.

The Ministry of Finance, Government of India, has equated Insurance Surety Bonds with Bank Guarantees for all Government procurements. NHAI has been advocating for their use as an additional mode of submitting Bid Security and/or Performance Security. NHAI has received 164 Insurance Surety Bonds, totaling 20 for Performance Security and 144 for bid securities.

Approximately 700 Insurance Surety Bonds valued at around Rs. 3,000 crores have been issued by different insurance companies. Panelists at the workshop advocated for wider adoption of ISB for NHAI contracts, highlighting its potential benefits. The workshop also addressed challenges and discussed measures for faster adoption of the instrument.

Insurance Surety Bonds involve insurance companies providing financial guarantees that contractors will fulfill their obligations. Increased adoption of such instruments is expected to strengthen infrastructure development in the country.
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