At the recent World Water Leadership Congress & Awards, Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited (VIL), won two major awards in the sector. The company won the presitigious Water Reuse Project of the Year and Mr Arun Lakhani, VIL’s chairman and managing director won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Water.
For a man like Mr Arun Lakhani this means a lot. Especially, one who has over the years kept a low profile, in order to concentrate make a huge impact to society at large.
Hailing from the small village of Malkapur from Buldhana district, he did his schooling from a Marathi medium school. In the years to come he would complete a degree in B.Sc from Amravati and an M.Tech in petrochemicals. In a career, that spans four decades, Mr Arun Lakhani, while working at various institutions has always sought for positive social change.
Realising India’s finite water resources are depleting while the multi-sectoral demands is driving the increased demand for water, VIL has been making inroads to make 24×7 water a reality. As the per capita consumption of water rapidly increases, sewage leaves companies with a possible cost and an opportunity.
VIL provides global solutions that contribute to sustainable development in the water sector through innovation in the design, construction and operation of drinking water treatment plants, distribution system reforms, etc. The Company has executed or in execution projects worth approximately Rs 27,500 million across the three sectors primarily through PPP contracting and few through EPC route.
We are a nation of over a billion people. Yet, when it comes to sports, the most we can talk about is cricket. It is pertinent there is a private player hand to promote various sports, like the Indian Football League. Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd (VIL) has understood the importance of having a strong contingent of sportsmen in this country and diversity of having various sportsman playing different sports.
In a move to create more avenues for sportsman to grow and make their life a tad bit easier, VIL has decided to sponsor the talented city duo of Arundhati Pantawane and Rasika Raje, badminton players, on a long-term basis. The company is committed to bear the expenses of travelling, lodging and boarding arrangements of both Arundhati and Rasika whenever they play national and international tournaments.
Water privatisation is a quarrelsome issue, but it really shouldn’t, as its benefits are multiple. Companies like Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited (VIL) who won two major awards in the sector at the recent World Water Leadership Congress & Awards may play a huge role in the privatisation of water.
The company won the presitigious Water Reuse Project of the Year and Mr Arun Lakhani, VIL’s chairman and managing director won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Water.
After taking a closer look at Nagpur’s water project conducted by Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited’s (VIL), The World Health Organisation (WHO), has been quite content. The project aims to bring continuous water supply and better quality of water in the city
Working with French company, Veolia Water, VIL has set up a 50:50 joint venture SPV company called ‘Orange City Water Ltd‘. Its objective is to provide 24 x 7 water supply to 100% population including hutment-dwellers in five years. The cost for this project is $ 95 million.
The need for innovation is the truest form through which a company can survive, especially in a competitive environment, the need is more relevant. Luckily or maybe a good business practice by Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited (VIL) is its need for consistent innovations.
These key innovations are seen in all its projects from the ones based in India to the ones conducted abroad. VIL’s core strength is its unique ability to design innovative structuring of Public Private Partnership projects themselves.
Arun Lakhani shares, VIL’s core strength is its unique ability to design innovative structuring of Public Private Partnership projects.
On February 17 & 18, the World Water Leadership Congress & Awards awarded Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited two major awards. The company won the prestigious Water Reuse Project of the Year and Mr Arun Lakhani, Vishvaraj Infrastructures chairman and managing director won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Water.
This award clearly highlights VIL’s contribution to water and waste water management. Over the years, water privatisation has become a very political issue. Yet, VIL has not been deterred. This includes ventures into water distribution on a public-private-partnership (PPP) basis.
When it comes to making a sustainable and often accurate and useful corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, many forget the P in a Public—Private Partnership (PPP). At Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited (VIL), the P is revered. After all, at VIL the fourth hidden P in PPP is people.
With such a philosophy, Arun Lakhani, VIL’s chairman and director, is able to transform PPP to a division which is more humane face and greater sensitivity towards its largest stakeholder- the people. “The factoring in of this fourth P as a central focus has a completely transformative impact on the long-term success of the project,” the chairman says.
In fact, every PPP project at Vishvaraj Infra is conceived to benefit the people. But the reality of the corporate world remains in numbers, and maybe that’s where people get lost. Studies done prove that the reasons behind the failure of certain CSR initiative’s is the erosion of not including people. “Without the active involvement of ‘People’ from conceptualisation to the final execution no PPP project can hope for long-term success,” Arun Lakhani says.
Thus, the only way to truly find a solution which can bring about a sustainable and often accurate and useful corporate social responsibility is through open communication and transparency by bringing people in the fold. This clearly is a business imperative for PPP rather than a CSR initiative.