Wednesday 17 August 2011

Uttarakhand Government lines up 91 projects under PPP model to develop infrastructure

Written by Anil Singh

It has always been said that, in the absence of adequate funds, the best way for a Government to develop infrastructure quickly is via public-private partnership (PPP) mode. Working on the same thinking, the Uttarakhand Government is all set to boost its infrastructure sector, by developing as many as 91 projects under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode, entailing an investment of Rs 5,372 crore.

Out of the 91 projects, 13 projects are under implementation, 37 are under bidding stage and 41 are in the pipeline. 17 projects had got cancelled due to various reasons.

But, in the projects already underway under the PPP model, things are not evenly effective.

Notably, only a couple of projects in the health sector have been operational and working well which include the nephrology-dialysis unit at the government Coronation hospital and mobile hospital units, plus the MRI machine at the Government Doon hospital.

ISBT project, started under the PPP model a few years ago here, is now under the final stages of implementation.

There are 19 PPP projects in the tourism sector, the prominent being Mussoorie ropeway project. The project is expected to cost Rs 500 crore to Rs 700 crore.

In the education sector, the government has enlisted five schools for the PPP project, through BOT (build-operate-transfer) route with an investment of Rs 100 crore.

Some notably projects which are expected to go the PPP basket are : Rs 700-crore proposed Hindon Expressway connecting Haridwar with Dehra Dun, Song dam with IL&FS being appointed as the transactional adviser.

The Song river project, expected to be built through BOT route will cost Rs 500- 600 crore.
15 projects are under different stages of implementation in the energy sector with an investment of Rs 900 crore.


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