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Transport and VIL

Roads, the prime mode of transportation in India carry almost 80 percent of the country’s passenger traffic and 65 percent of its freight. With a density of 0.66 km of highway per square kilometer of land India’s highway network is similar to that of the United States (0.65) and much greater than China’s (0.16) or Brazil’s (0.20). India boasts of 3.3 million Kms of highways, with 80,000 Kms of National highways and 1, 31,000 Kms of State highways. Indian roads experienced a 10.16% CAGR of growth of vehicles in the last five years. Arun Lakhani spotted this opportunity way back in 2000 and incorporated it in the projects for Vishvaraj Infrastructure limited (VIL) and tactically decided to stay focused on BOT projects. It made a modest start with the development of 8.3 Km Bypass road on BOT basis, which was one of the first BOT concessions awarded at that time. Those were tough times for the industry with stiff resistance from key stakeholders i.e. the commuters for paying toll for using the road. However, the concept matured well over time and VIL completed 4 projects well within stipulated construction time, the concession period for these range from 15 to 30 years. Mr. Arun Lakhani says keeping company with the nation on move is extremely important and hence we need to develop good transport in India.

For instance take the Warora – Chandrapur – Ballarpur Project that has been a forerunner in the transport sector at Vishvaraj Infra (VIL). It is a four laning 64 km of Warora to Chandrapur to Ballarpur to Bamni in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra , under a Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (“DBFOT”) model. The Project SPV: Warora Chandrapur Ballarpur Toll Road Ltd jointly sponsored by , Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd. IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd. and Diva Media Pvt. Ltd. It is a Public Works Department, Maharashtra. The project value is USD 115 Mn and the project has been active since January, 2015.

Other projects at Vishavaraj Infrastructure Limited with the transport sector are Chandwad – Manmad – Nandgaon Project, Malegaon – Manmad – Kopergaon Project and Fekri and VAPI over bridge Projects.

 

 

 

VIL India Waste Water Management & Nagpur 24×7 – 200 MLD

Waste Water Management-VIL IndiaWater companies globally are developing technologies and management systems to deal with these challenges. Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited (VIL) however understands that the Indian context is different and it needs solutions which are local, competitive and socially acceptable. We develop implementation strategies keeping local situation in perspective as water is a very sensitive subject in our country. For us, driving innovations, creating sustainability, technological advancements, environmental friendliness and people’s involvement are the key drivers for the company in this sector.

Waste Water Reuse: Vishvaraj Infra saw this as a Civic Necessity and a Business Opportunity. In contrast the demand for fresh water is growing rapidly, estimated to go from 813 BCM today to 1,447 BCM by 2050, whereas the resource base remains constrained at 1,122 BCM. The industrial sector, which is one of the major users of fresh water, mostly puts fresh water to non-potable. Wastewater treated up to secondary level can easily be utilized for this purpose freeing up massive amounts of freshwater for domestic consumers. This can easily be achieved by improving the municipal wastewater collection, treatment and reuse thus not only recycling wastewater which is otherwise lost but also save the downstream water bodies from pollution.

This is the win-win proposition of VIL’s model for the all the stakeholders, a unique example of creating value from waste whilst contributing positively to environmental sustainability. Amongst the challenges thrown up by increased urbanization in India one of the bigger ones is massive increase in wastewater generation. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) estimates that about 80 percent of the water supplied for domestic use is discharged as wastewater.

This pollutes the downstream areas as it enters untreated into these water bodies. Around 38,250 MLD of wastewater is generated by class I and class II cities in India, which is estimated to grow 3.5 times to 132,250 MLD by 2050. The current wastewater treatment capacity can handle only 30 percent of the total generation, out of which too only 55 percent is operational. This translates to an investment gap of over USD 7 Billion for class I and class II cities by 2016-17. Nagpur 200 MLD STP Treatment and Reuse on PPP basis. Nagpur is 10th largest Indian city with ~2.5 Mn population; Population is expected to grow to ~5 Mn in the next 25 years and 3rd largest and most industrialized city after Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra.

Nagpur 24×7 Water Supply – Vishvaraj Infrastructure (VIL)

Nagpur 24 7 Water Supply - Vishvaraj Infrastructure

Water supply to be explained in simplified terms is the provision of water by public utilities, commercial organizations, community endeavors or by individuals, usually via a system of pumps and pipes. Irrigation is covered separately. Mr. Arun Lakhani had a vision for Vishvaraj Infrastructure (VIL) as he considered Water Supply is a project that needs to be worked on and developed for a billion+ people in India.

At Vishvaraj Infra we see ourselves as social entrepreneurs since Water, Waste Water and Transport; the sectors in which we have built our reputation are closely interwoven with the lives of people. As business, apart from value creation for share holders they also impact happiness quotient of the people, thus offering enormous satisfaction to us for our life transforming work. The rapidly urbanizing Indian population is expected to reach a figure close to 600 million urban people by 2031. This massive transition is creating serious challenges for urban planners and ULBs especially that of ensuring quality water supply to these citizens. Indian cities have for long lived with intermittent water supply systems riddled with a variety of problems ranging from high levels of NRW to contamination issues.

The areas to be in focus in 24×7 water supply are as follows: Non-Revenue Water ranging from 50 to 75%, Water supply coverage Only about 64%, Intermittent Supply & Poor billing mechanism. As a solution to this situation several reforms have been initiated by the government which include introduction of performance linked PPP contracts, up gradation of existing ageing assets, 100% metering and efficient operation and maintenance of the supply system. Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd. 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.

Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited Water supply success stories: Nagpur 24 X 7 – Nagpur is the 3rd largest city & winter capital of Maharashtra state, Nagpur is India’s loath largest city with a population of over 2.5 million people. It became the first city of its size in the country to outsource its water supply to a private operator under the PPP model for 25 years. Nagpur 24 x 7 Water Supply

First Full City Continuous water supply Project in India

The Project gives emphasis on Operator’s Performance; the Operator remuneration is linked with the technical and commercial efficiency of his services.

  • Delinking of consumer tariff and Operator’s fees
  • Employees and Unions – Job security of government employees maintained
  • Included ‘economically challenged segment of society’ in Service Level Agreement (SLA) for connecting households
  • Sovereign rights with N MC —Tariff, sole rights for new house service connection & disconnection and ownership of assets

Other projects in the pipeline for Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd are Magadi 24×7 in Ramanagara district in the state of Karnataka. Bidar & Basavakalyan 24×7. The two towns of Bidar and Basavakalyan are located in the Bidar district of Karnataka.

Pressurized water supply throughout India is essential for daily survival. It’s a basic necessity for every living being. VIL aims to overcome this problem and make India a country with 24×7 Water Supply.

VIL Arun Lakhani Wins Big At World Water Leadership Congress & Awards

Arun Lakhani-VIL India

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.

Vishvaraj Infrastructure (VIL India) Wins Best PPP Operator

Public-Private-Partnership-PPP-Model-Vishvaraj InfrastructureVishvaraj Infrastructure Limited (VIL) won Best PPP Operator in Water and Wastewater Sector at the Water Awards 2015-2016, by Water Digest. This clearly highlights the company’s contribution to water and waste water management.

In most parts of the world, water privatisation has become a very political issue. A topic few would like to talk about. Yet, VIL has not been deterred. The arguments against the idea of continuous 24×7 water with the help of the private sector have been growing strong, based on an already scarce water supply costing, tariffs and intermittent power supply affecting water supply.

Cities are in dire need for transformation in the sector.  And maybe instead of fearing change, it is time to embrace it. VIL supports PPP, an excellent model to synergise private efficiency and public oversight. Further, it helps removing inefficiencies through private intervention and investments are better sourced.

VIL India success in continuous water supply is being seen in Nagpur and other projects which followed have broken the myth of infeasibility of 24×7 water supply projects in India.

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.

Nagpur 24×7 Water is Attainable, VIL India

VIL India-Nagpur-24x7-Water SupplyWater can be renewed and reused, and if you go by what Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited (VIL), a water management firm based in Nagpur is saying then even Nagpur 24×7 water supply is achievable. This belief comes at a time when low levels of service and waste water mismanagement is being witnessed in many cities of India.

VIL India believe that successful continuous water supply is possible. Projects in Nagpur 24X7 and other places have shown results of water being able to reach peoples home continuously.

VIL Infra feels the problem of water shortage is related to water management inefficiencies than water scarcity. According to the company focus should now be concentrated on improving these efficiencies in water usage.

The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, National Water Development Agency and Central Water Commission have organized India Water Week 2016 to be organised from April 4 to April 8, 2016 on the theme Water for all: Striving together.

VIL India 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.

VIL Sees Growth With Water Privatization

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.

WHO Content With Nagpur 24 x 7

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.

Being Innovative Is Vishvaraj Infrastructures Key

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.

WHO Happy With Vishvaraj Infrastructure’s Nagpur 24 X 7

Nagpur-24X7-Case-Study-On-WHOWorking on a project which is massive in scope and vision can be a painstaking task. But when it is for a good cause, then it all works out for the better. And Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited’s (VIL) s Nagpur 24 X 7 project where its main objective is to pass continuous water has been given two thumps for its water quality by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Nagpur, the largest industry city in Maharashtra, after Mumbai and Pune, is a city of nearly 2.5 million citizens. The city gets 540 million litres of water per day distributed through 2,100 km of pipeline with about 80% coverage. Through Orange City Water Ltd, a 50:50 joint venture SPV company, between Vishvaraj Environment Pvt. Ltd and Veolia Water of France, the city’s water supply system is being upgraded to 24/7 supply and water security is being improved.

The Water Quality Partnership for Health programme – a partnership between the Australian government and WHO – has been promoting Water Safety Plans (WSPs) in India. A water quality specialist from Australia visited Nagpur on behalf of WHO. The specialist was extremely pleased with its progress and saw encouraging signs.

VIL India 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.