Oct 05 New Delhi
In recent years, the government has done the heavy lifting in terms of infrastructure investments. However, with large-scale infrastructure build-outs planned, a material ramp-up in private sector investments is critical. This session will deliberate on the specific enablers needed with respect to equitable risk allocation, contract flexibility, innovative financing and regulatory framework to revive and scale private investment in infrastructure.
The transport sector typically gets the lion’s share of infrastructure spending in India. In the past few years, much of that has been bankrolled by the central government. While the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has managed to attract private capital by adopting an innovative PPP model – Toll Operate Transfer – the time is ripe for other transport segments to do an encore. This session intends to focus on ways in which the other PPP models in roads, airports and railways sectors can draw significant private capital.
Improving urban water supply services will require private sector funding and expertise. However, past attempts to develop private sector investment-led PPP projects in the urban water supply sector has faced considerable challenges. The session will stimulate a discussion among industry participants, service providers and policy makers in providing a roadmap for improving urban water supply services through a true PPP spirit.
Private participation in power distribution tasted initial success with the award of a franchise in Bhiwandi near Mumbai. Since then, a few more franchises have been awarded, but not all have been successful. In other words, PPP models are thriving only in select areas. But given the huge potential and critical nature of distribution in the power sector value chain, this session will discuss privatisation models that could finally deliver a win-win.
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