India has vast requirement of Infrastructure building and improvement. The PPP route was established in last decade also saw some lean time. With New government initiative the PPP has again come with better risk sharing matrix between private and public. Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited (VIL India) has been a proponent of PPP model, and has established track record in Road and highways sector. With Urban Infrastructure foray in Water, it is today the only Indian Utility with ongoing projects in Water distribution as well as Waste water treatment and Reuse.
Nagpur 24 X 7: 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. The one big objective was to provide l00% safe drinking water 24×7 to l00% of the population including the slum-dwellers within 5 years. The second major objective was to reduce Non Revenue Water below 25% in 10 years time. The Private entity to bring in 3o% of the investment of the estimated project cost, 70% to be the Public entity’s contribution under MN URM + l00% escalation. The project to be operative for 25 years of O&M inclusive of 5 years of capital rehabilitation. The project covers management of the entire water cycle from production, treatment (657 MLD), transport (2100 Kms of network), storage and delivery to the last point of usage i.e. the customers tap. This involves replacement of more than 3, 00,00 house service connections, rehabilitation of treatment facilities, service reservoirs and pipeline. Every household including slums to get individual continuous piped water supply connection. 24×7 Call center for customer grievances, Photo billing, online billing and Customer service center open on all 7 days of week.
There has to be a necessity for pushing forward innovative solutions, especially when you take into account the ecological cost and direct investments required for any augmentation of surface water reservoirs. A thought clearly mirrored by Arun Lakhani, chairman and managing director, Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd.
Many states have to face water scarcity issues due to the uneven distribution of water resources. The urban and domestic consumption of water has the largest scale of inefficiencies. Plus when you consider Non Revenue Water (NRW) in urban towns is more than 50% and going as high as 70-75%, it is troubling.
The urban domestic water consumption also brings out sewage of 40,000 million liters per day (MLD), which is 80% of the total water consumed. The current wastewater treatment capacity can handle only 30 percent of the total generation, out of which only 55% is operational, translating to an investment gap of over USD 7 Billion for class I and class II cities by 2016-17.
It is the responsibility of the Urban Local body (ULB) – Municipality to treat it but with the budget constraints of ULB, it automatically goes down the priority list.
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. 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.
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.