An Inclusive Approach for Societal Development

Public-Private-Partnerships are emerging across a host of sectors in India. A recent conference in Tamil Nadu on “Emerging role of PPPP’s” conducted by The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), highlights the need for a more inclusive approach and the crucial need for the participation of citizens, as represented in an additional (P), in the societal development. An article on the report states:

A quick perusal of the eco-system (in terms of tariff regulation, institutional/political support) required to support PPPs, in sectors such as water and waste is observed to be more complex than what has been achieved in the traditional commercial infrastructure sectors like roads and airports, making the process more difficult.

It is this recognition that has led to the conception of this high-level strategic CII Conference on ‘Emerging Role of PPPPs : Water Supply, Sewerage and Solid Waste in Tamil Nadu’. The conference seeks to understand and explore the suitability of the existing eco-system for the successful selection and delivery of PPPPs in delivering key civic amenities such as clean drinking water, sewerage treatment and management of solid waste. The additional (P) represents the Citizen and highlights the need to draw up frameworks and models which are more inclusive with greater stakeholder buy in at the planning as well as the project implementation and monitoring phases.

The PPPP model, as proposed in the conference, takes into consideration the role of citizens in the development of a society. Sectors such as water and sanitation must be addressed in a holistic manner, with each and every sector working in collaboration towards a systemic solution.

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