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Arun Lakhani – The Social Entrepreneur

Arun Lakhani is one of the front runner in spearheading
the People -Public-Private Partnership, business model and
through diligent effort, fortitude and drive he runs
numerous projects, all for the greater good of the society.

Arun Lakhani started out his career in the field of
Software, Data Processing and Industrial energy audits; he
started his first major business by launching Maharashtra
Organo-Chemicals Ltd. (MOCL), a pioneer company in the

field of Private LPG in India in the year 1994 under the
brand name “Mahagas“. Acquired Vishvaraj Infrastructure
Limited in 1997 and spearhead the organization with PPP as
business philosophy. VIL under his leadership has
conceptualized many pioneering projects like Nagpur 24×7 in
water sector, the 200 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant and
many others in highways sector as well. VIL’s innovative
solution to the problem resulted in decrease in non-revenue
water and increase in metering. The company ensured
efficient use of water in a continuously pressurized
distribution system, to keep contaminants surrounding the
pipelines away.

According to Mr. Arun Lakhani it’s ‘People’- the fourth P
that makes the critical difference to PPP (Public –Private
Partnership). Ever since the Indian economy was opened and
the process of liberlisation was set in, various private players
added their might partnering with public enterprises in
various sectors. PPP as a concept on paper brings in very
good synergy of Private enterprise efficiency with Public
ownership of assets. But in reality we see a trust deficit

between the ultimate stakeholders, People on one hand and
Government & Private 30 years can be a risk unless people
are on boarded. Our answer to this situation is Involve /
Integrate the Fourth P – People – citizens in the PPP
Model enhancing its credibility. PPP can be very successful if
the fourth P- People are integrated in the structure with
openness and responsibility of communicating with larger
masses. People as largest stakeholders in any PPP must
participate to monitor the contracts done between the two
Ps. With the fourth P of People, PPP is enriched with a
completely new dimension of a more humane face & greater
sensitivity towards its largest stakeholder- the people. Every

PPP project is conceived to benefit the People, but often in
the dry domain of numbers this fact is lost sight of. The
factoring in of this fourth P as a central focus has a
completely transformative impact on the long-term success
of the project. An analysis of failed PPP projects will bear
out that the major cause of failure was the ‘People’
dimension being ignored. Without the active involvement of
‘People’ from conceptualisation to the final execution no
PPP project can hope for long-term success. In the current

context taking ‘People’ on-board with open communication
& transparency is a business imperative for the Private
Partner rather than a CSR initiative.

Mr. Arun Lakhani’s vision keeping people in mind is
exemplary and helps to better India’s development and
progress as a whole. He believes in investing in infrastructure
which will benefit us in the long run.

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