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  • Last Updated : 28 Feb, 2022
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A public-private partnership commonly referred to as a PPP, 3P, or P3, is a long-term collaboration between two or more public and private sectors. Generally, the government collaborates with private enterprises to finish projects under the Public-Private Partnership model. Currently, this approach is used to construct many of the country’s roadways. Funds are secured for the construction of any public service or infrastructure using this method. In this way, the government and private institutions work together to attain a predetermined aim.

PPP refers to any long-term management contract that involves finance, planning, construction, operation, maintenance, and disinvestment. PPPs are beneficial for major projects that need highly trained labor as well as considerable financial investments. They’re also helpful in nations where the government is legally required to have public infrastructure.

Private-sector-financed PPPs allow the public to spread the expense of a project over a longer period of time, in accordance with the projected benefits (savings on vehicle operating cost, on travel time, on accidents). As a result, public monies can be used to invest in areas where private investment is either impossible or undesirable. On public-financed projects, the government makes an initial investment, which is then repaid by the community in the form of project benefits. On privately financed projects, the community bears the cost through payments to the private sector throughout the project’s operation period, whether through government payments or road user charges, such as tolls.

Need of Public-Private Partnership:

  • When the government does not have enough money to fulfill its promises of thousands of crores, it enters into PPP partnerships with private enterprises and completes these projects.
  • Open substances should do a feasibility analysis to see whether the project(s) has immediate and long-term financial viability. This foundational survey must be a realistic evaluation that considers demands, venture risks, estimated revenues and profits, and the ability to meet the project’s objectives. All financial development and renovation projects are subject to widely announced modifications, and there is a risk that the project may not provide the expected outcomes.
  • A PPP is a financing mechanism for a public infrastructure project such as a new telecommunications system, airport, or power plant. On a municipal, state, or national level, the government represents the public partner. A privately held firm, a public corporation, or an organization of enterprises with a specialized area of specialty can all be considered private partners.
  • The open element should determine the fair financial and monetary impacts of the proposed enterprise, taking into account any work risks or vulnerabilities.

Features of Public-Private Partnership:

  • Facilitate Partnership: The government has exclusive discretion in selecting the partner to whom the contract may be awarded. The government may pick a partner using any of the following methods: competitive bidding or competitive negotiation with appropriate organizations, followed by a selection of the most suitable.
  • Management for a Specified Time: PPPs are appropriate for high-priority projects, such as those in the infrastructure sector. PPP is employed in public-benefit projects like the construction of the Delhi metro and bridges, among others.
  • Revenue Sharing: PPP revenue is split in an agreed-upon ratio between the government and the private partner. The key issue with PPP projects is that private investors earn a better rate of return than government bondholders, despite the fact that the public sector bears the majority of the risk.
  • Risk sharing: Risk allocation in PPPs is simple in theory risks must be assigned to the party best able to handle them (at the lowest cost)—but difficult in practice. Generic applications of this principle have resulted in more or less uniform notions about how public and private actors should share risks.

Major Types of Public-Private Partnership:

  • BOT (Build, Operate, and Transfer): These contracts are designed to achieve a specific aim, such as the building of a single-asset rather than a whole network (you could say toll road). Construction freedom is offered to the private sector, but the public sector carries the equity risk.
  • Build–Own–Operate–Transfer (BOOT): During the operational phase, the private sector develops and owns the facility with the primary purpose of recouping construction expenses (and more). The facility is returned to the government after the conclusion of the contract. This arrangement is appropriate when the government has a big infrastructure financing gap since the private sector bears the equity and commercial risk for the duration of the contract. This is a common contracting approach for schools and hospitals.
  • Design-Build: The contract is given to a private partner to design and develop a facility or piece of infrastructure that meets the PPP contract’s performance requirements. Because the job is with a single firm rather than a consortium, this form of cooperation can save time, money, and shift greater project risk to the private sector.
  • O & M (Operation & Maintenance): In an O&M contract, a private operator operates and maintains the asset for the public partner, generally to a set of agreed-upon standards and with specific responsibilities. Often, the task is subcontracted to specialized maintenance firms. This contract is paid for in one of two ways: a set charge, which is paid in one flat sum to the private partner, or a performance-based fee, which is more typical. Performance is encouraged in this arrangement by a pain share/gain share system, which compensates the private partner for over-performance (according to agreed-upon SLAs) or imposes a penalty payment for work that falls short.

 Some of the Public-Private Partnership for Inclusive Growth:

  • The “Swachhta Udyami Yojana” provides financial help for the construction, operation, and maintenance of pay-and-use community toilets in PPP mode, as well as the procurement and operation of sanitation-related vehicles. Hon’ble Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Sudarshan Bhagat announced the scheme on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, October 2nd, 2014.
  • Producing Integrated Schools for Sports and Academics through Public-Private Partnerships at Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centers to integrate sports and education in order to encourage and nurture students who can achieve academic goals while also getting trained and pursuing excellence in sports.
  • Eco-Tourism Facilities through Public-Private Partnerships helps governments to drive the development of tourist assets in line with government goals and high environmental and social standards while leveraging the private sector’s efficiency and innovation in the proper conditions.
  • Railway Station Redevelopment via Public-Private Partnership: A self-sustaining PPP-based strategy for the creation of world-class stations. Taking into account its importance in overall infrastructure development, the NIP plans to invest Rs 11.43 lakh crore in Indian Railways between 2024 and 2025. The RLDA is leading the PPP rehabilitation of 60 railway stations in India.
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