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Preface of the Swiss challenge mode .SCM

            There is a need to provide rapid development of infrastructure and social sector projects in the state and attract private and public sector participation in the planning, designing, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of projects.

Over the years, Government has introduced and implemented various infrastructure projects under innovative Public Private Partnership (PPP) models. The models such as Build Operate Transfer (BOT), Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT), Build Operate Lease Transfer (BOLT), Operate Maintain Transfer (OMT), Viability Gap Funding (VGF), Design Build Operate (DBO), Built Own Operate (BOO) etc. have not only encouraged the private players to forge a partnership with government and build quality infrastructure, but also increased the economic activities in the country.

However, the projects under which these PPP models are planned and executed are conceived by the government. There could be many innovative projects and proposals in various sectors which are not conceived by the government. For such cases, the government intends to provide opportunity to the private and public sector participants to envisage an innovative project and submit the project report for consideration. These innovative projects could be done under Swiss Challenge Method (SCM).

About the Swiss Challenge Method

            With a view to present the bankable projects to private & public sector and for improving level of infrastructure in the state and for matters connected therein or incidental thereto, the Government of India (“GoI”) has proposed the following approach towards private and public sector participation.

Project proponent shall submit an innovative proposal with project report which may not be necessarily initiated by the government. At the onset, the authority shall evaluate the need for the proposal and shall submit to the SLEC for its approval. After the approval from the SLEC, the project proponent shall submit

the detailed proposal. The report shall contain the technical aspects like specifications, BOQ, cost estimates, drawings etc. and detailed financial aspects like toll, revenue costs, IRR, NPV etc. The authority then invites the interested bidders through competitive bidding for counter proposals as per the specified guidelines.

The proposal of the project proponent would be made available to the interested bidders. However, the proprietary information contained in the original proposal shall remain confidential and will not be disclosed.

If the competing bidder provides the best financial offer, the project proponent shall be given an opportunity to match the competing counter proposal within a stipulated time-frame and then the contract shall be awarded to the project proponent.

In case the project proponent is not able to match the competing counter proposal, the project shall be awarded to the bidder who had submitted the best financial offer. The cost incurred by the project proponent for preparation of the DPR shall be reimbursed by the authority. The reimbursement amount shall be determined upfront and declared in the bidding documents, and this shall be recovered from the successful bidder.

Swiss challenge – the growth story

The Swiss challenge is a method followed to provide transparency and induction of capital for infrastructure and social sectors where innovative proposals are received. This methodology also leads to innovation in project ideas and designs. The Swiss challenge system is being widely applied across various Indian states including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Punjab in different sectors such as Health, Information technology, and waste water treatment system, Ports, Transportation and Industries etc.

The model has been successfully tried in countries such as Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan mainly in the transportation (MRTS, roads etc.) and industrial sector.

The following are the benefits of using the SCM

  • Certainty of success under this methodology is ensured as at least one willing private partner is available right from the beginning.

  • The project proponent does a detailed feasibility & financial analysis of a project resulting in better project structuring. The initial structuring by the project proponent brings in efficiency and better understanding of financial implication resulting in development of economically sustainable model.

  • The identification of timelines, identification of risks and their allocation along with transparent bidding criteria becomes easier for the authority as the project preparation is done in more professional manner.

  • Time and cost saving on pre project activities and feasibility studies where as in other methodology of PPP models, these studies have to be conducted in advance by the authority.

  • Benchmarking of project costs, revenues and returns through undertaking necessary technical and financial studies before the bidding stage

    Submission of a proposal

  • A proposal shall be submitted to the authority to take up a project in one or more of the eligible sectors

  • The State/Authority shall publish in advance the nature of Swiss Challenge Method and Particulars. It shall also publish various fields of the projects that can come under such method. The authority to be approached with respect to the project plans shall be clearly notified.

  • The project proponent shall submit an application to the authority in the format's as prescribed in annexure A & annexure-II which is duly signed by an authorized representative along with a prefeasibility report which shall contain all the details which are mentioned in the annexure-III.

  • The project proponent shall also submit the required documents as mentioned in annexure IX for qualification of the proponent.

  • The process for the project shall be initiated by the authority only if the following conditions are fulfilled:

    • If there is no current project and development plan in process for the similar project.
    • If there is certain need for the project.
    • If the project proponent fulfils the qualification criteria.

    The project initiation shall not be done if:

  • The need can be established with known and reasonable limits and the proposal could be done by traditional bid process management.

  • Financial Assistance from government by way of Viability Gap Funding (VGF) is more than 20% for project excluding the cost of land.

  • There is conflict with the enforced laws.

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