Construction of Additional Lanes in Highway Project to get Deduction under Section 80IA of Income Tax Act
It has been clarified by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) that widening of an existing road by constructing additional lanes as a part of a highway project by an undertaking would be regarded as a new infrastructure facility for the purpose of Section 80IA (4)(i) of the Income Tax Act, 1961. However, simply relaying of an existing road would not be classifiable as a new infrastructure facility for this purpose.
Section 80IA (4)(i) provides for a deduction to an undertaking engaged in developing, or operating and maintaining, or developing, operating and maintaining any infrastructure facility subject to satisfaction of the conditions laid down in the Section. The Explanation to subsection 80IA(4)(i) states that for the purpose of this clause, infrastructure facility means inter alia:-
“(a) a road including toll road, a bridge or a rail system;
(b) a highway project including housing or other activities being an integral part of the highway project”.