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Planning Commission seeks status of PPP projects in Odisha

BS Reporter  |  Kolkata/ Bhubaneswar 

The Planning Commission has sought information from the state government on status of PPP (public private partnership) projects taken up in infrastructure sector (as on March 31, 2012).

The information on such projects is to be furnished to the apex planning body by June 29 to facilitate their inclusion in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17). It includes completed projects, projects being executed and projects in the pipeline.

In its latest report on state finances for the year ended March 31 this year, the CAG had rapped the state for its failure to expedite projects taken up on the PPP mode.

"The government has framed PPP policy in 19 sectors of the economy to generate maximum resources for infrastructure build up during 2007-12. However, the resources generated during this period were negligible as most of these projects did not take off. Only six out of 64 projects had been completed at an estimated expenditure of Rs 36.99 crore. Effective actions have to be taken to gear up the activities of PPP for generation of additional resources for creating public infrastructure which is so woefully deficient in the state", the CAG said in its report.

Also, there is a need to disclose the quantum of resources planned to be generated through the PPP route in the budget and finance accounts which has not been done so far, the report added.

As many as 14 projects were currently being executed in the state involving an expenditure of Rs 6218.02 crore.

A total of 46 projects to be taken up on the PPP mode, are under the consideration of the state. These are related to sectors like commerce & transport, ports, information technology, roads & highways, biotechnology and real estate.

One of the important PPP projects is the Infocity-II campus being developed over 600 acres of land at Janla on the outskirts of the city. As part of its commitment to expedite this project, the state government has set in motion the process to prepare the Request for Qualification (RFQ).

Other notable projects in the IT sector taken up on the PPP mode are Mindspace IT Park involving a cost of Rs 480 crore, the DLF Infopark entailing an investment of around Rs 1000 crore and an IT & Corporate Tower being set up at Chandrasekharpur at a cost of Rs 140 crore.

In the tourism sector, the Empowered Committee on Infrastructure (ECI) has approved the revised Request for Proposal (RFP) for selecting the master developer for the Shamuka beach project being developed at a cost of Rs 3500 crore on around 3000 acres at Sipasarubali near Puri.

First Published: Mon, June 18 2012. 00:39 IST