Panaji: As the state government is focusing on the public-private partnership (PPP) route for key projects, the Public-Private Participation Department has decided to appoint consultants who can advise the government. In addition to carrying out pre-feasibility studies, the consultants, once constituted, will also provide transactional support for projects implemented in PPP mode.
Although the government did not mention a list of projects, it said renewable energy, mining, ports and education are on the table. Interestingly, the ministry has also indicated its interest in asset monetization and real estate.
The government intends to hire consultants for large PPP projects, smaller consultancies that can provide transaction services for projects valued up to Rs25 crore as well as law firms, experts lawyers and experts in key sectors.
In August 2020, the state government tried to recruit consultants for PPP projects and ninety young professionals applied, but most did not meet the qualification criteria.
Recently, the state government announced that it has decided to undertake three projects under the PPP – the redevelopment of the Sanjivani Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd (SSSKL) in Dharbandora for the production of ethanol, the development of a commercial property for the Mormugao Planning and Development Authority (PDA) and redevelopment of the Britona Maritime School.
A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be issued for the Sugar Mill Redevelopment while a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued for the Commercial Property Development and Maritime School Redevelopment. The ministry is expected to turn to consultants for assistance in the bidding process.
“The department will establish a list of candidates who meet the minimum requirements by issuing a notification. The list of approved consultants will be sent to all state government departments, enterprises and self-governing agencies,” an official said, adding, “The consultants will be on board for three years and if any department wants to undertake a project in PPP, he will have to approach the consultants.
By February 2011, the then Congress government had approved a dozen projects under the PPP model which the BJP had strongly criticized. The projects included the Panaji-Vasco maritime link, an oceanarium, infrastructure projects for national games, Mopa airport, marinas, a water augmentation project and minor ports. Apart from the Mopa greenfield airport being built by GMR Airports, the other projects never saw the light of day.