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ICICI Bank aims to grow home loan book to `2 trillion by FY20

Mumbai: ICICI Bank on Wednesday said its mortgage loan portfolio crossed the Rs 1.5-trillion milestone, making it the largest private player in the segment, and the lender is targeting to grow it to Rs 2 trillion by FY20.

At Rs 1.5 trillion, the mortgage loan-book is half of the bank's overall retail loan portfolio of around Rs 3 trillion, the bank said.

"We are not only the largest private sector bank but also the largest mortgage player among our peers with a Rs 1.5-trillion loan book. And we hope to grow this to Rs 2 trillion, clipping annually at 15 per cent by FY20," said Anup Bagchi, executive director, ICICI Bank.

He further said mortgage book is half of its Rs 3 trillion retail assets, which constitute 52 per cent of its total assets of $172.5 billion.

ICICI Bank has been under probe by multiple central agencies since March for alleged wrongdoings in extending loan to now-bankrupt Videocon group by its managing director Chanda Kochhar, who has since been asked to go on leave till a probe is over.

Basing his optimism of clocking higher growth on the PM's Awas Yojna, Bagchi said most of the growth in coming in from tier II and III towns as the average ticket size is only a tad above Rs 30 lakh.

When asked about the assets quality, he said there is nothing to worry on this front, and without quantifying claimed it to be one of the lowest in the industry.

"In fact, our mortgage portfolio, which includes loan against property (LAP) also, is has very low credit cost," he said, adding in the LAP segment it is given against cashflow and other collaterals as well.

To achieve the projected Rs 2 trillion target over the next two years, the bank is also aggressively pushing its digitisation drive in the mortgage eco-system. Under this, the bank has enabled developers to obtain approvals for their projects online, which seen the bank approving 2,000 new housing projects, fully online.

It has also enabled an online repository of 30,000 approved projects across 40 cities.

Speaking on the milestone, Bagchi said the bank has played a catalyst role in retail banking in the country from the early 2000 by making such loans widely accessible and affordable.

On the physical front, the bank will add 50 per cent more loan processing centres from the present 1,050, he said.

"We are expanding our network to many new locations in tier II and III towns as well as micro-markets on the periphery of the major metros and continue to leverage on technology to offer home loans in a fully digitised manner," he said.

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