Construction World - Indian Edition | November 2007 Issue

Transport Update


Udaipur, Amritsar maintenance to be outsourced
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has issued Request For Quotation (RFQ) for outsourcing on a long term basis the maintenance and commercial exploitation of the new terminal buildings at the Amritsar and Udaipur airports. Both the airports have extra land that can be used to provide cargo facilities and passenger amenities.

AAI is developing the terminal in Amritsar at an estimated cost of Rs 112 crore while the Udaipur terminal is expected to be completed at a cost of Rs 125 crore. Both the terminals are scheduled to be commissioned by March next year.

Contact: The Airports Authority of India.
Tel: 011-2463 2950. Website:

2 takers for Shimoga, Gulbarga airport project
The Karnataka Government has received only two bids for the construction of airports in Shimoga and Gulbarga. Maytas Infra Ltd and a consortium led by Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd (SREI) are the two companies who have evinced an interest.

The government had earlier invited bids for constructing low-cost airports for under Rs 30 crore in Hassan, Shimoga, Gulbarga and Bijapur with land leased to the company for 30 years. Bangalore-based Jupiter Aviation, promoted by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, bagged the contract for Hassan. However, there are no takers for the Bijapur airport project and bids are likely to be re-floated.

Contact: The Karnataka Government.

AAI to develop smaller airports in east India
The Airports Authority of India plans to invest nearly Rs 200-300 crore over the next 18-24 months to develop small airports on unused airstrips in eastern India in Balurghat, Malda, Behala and Jharsuguda. The airports will cater to small aircraft, mainly ATR aircraft. In Kanchrapara and Barrackpore, AAI will partner private players for airport development. The airports will be developed on lands owned by the Indian Air Force, which has agreed to hand it over to the State Government for civilian use.

Contact: The Airports Authority of India.
Tel: 011-2463 2950. Website:

Pune international airport project garners speed
The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) plans to conduct a feasibility study (TEFS) for setting up an international airport in Pune located around 50 km north of the city along National Highway 50.

Development has picked up pace following heavy restrictions on civilian operations being imposed at the present Pune airport by the Indian air Force (IAF), which governs the runway. The airport site will see construction from 2011 onwards, if the land acquisition happens within a year.

Contact: The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation. Tel: 022-2687 0052/54/73. Fax: 022-2687 1587. E-mail: Website:

AAI to expand Juhu airstrip
The Airports Authority of India has set aside Rs 75-80 crore to expand India's first civil aviation airport at Juhu. The move is aimed to meet the increasing air traffic and decongest the Mumbai airport by 15 to 20 per cent. Currently the airstrip is used by small aircraft, gliders and a heliport to ferry Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) personnel.

Plans include raising of the height of the strip by 1.5 meter and then expanding it by 3,000 ft in order to accommodate landing of larger aircraft. The AAI is awaiting environmental go ahead to execute the project.

Contact: The Airports Authority of India.
Tel: 011-2463 2950. Website:

Ports & Waterways

RVNL to float SPV for port connectivity project
In order to implement the 35 km port connectivity project between Surat and Hazira port, the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) is planning to float a special purpose vehicle(SPV). The Rs 180-crore project will be half funded by RVNL and the other half will be funded by Essar Group, Hazira port, Gujarat Government's industrial promotion agency and Kribhco together. The Gujarat Government has agreed to provide land, but commitment from Kribhco, which also will provide land for the project is being awaited.

Contact: RVNL. Tel: 011-2673 8195/8295/8395/8495. Fax: 011-2618 2957/2961.
E-mail: Website:

Five new ports planned
The shipping ministry will be issuing requests for proposal (RFPs) for appointing consultants for setting up at least five deep-sea ports in the country during the Eleventh Five Year Plan period at an investment of Rs 10,000 crore, under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

The government will control plans to develop rail and road connectivity to these ports. The private companies will develop and manage the berths and terminals of the proposed ports, but bridges will be constructed by the government. Once the consultant are finalised, they will have to conduct a techno-economic feasibility study for constructing the deep-sea port and have to give at least three locations for the proposed port.

Contact: Department of Shipping.
E-mail: Website:

Kolkata port looking for private firms to set up CFS
The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) is in talks with a couple of private entrepreneurs for setting up another two to three container freight station (CFS) in order to speed the evacuation of containers and increase its container traffic. An additional two or three CFS was expected to raise the container traffic at the KDS by around 15 per cent. Apart from establishing more CFS, other measures like enhancing the stack area within the dock premises are also a part of KoPT's scheme of things.

Contact: The Kolkata Port Trust.
Tel: 033-2230-3451(25 Lines).
Fax: 2230-4901. E-mail:,,

Plans to revive Kulpi port on the anvil
The proposal for setting up a port in Kulpi in South 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal is being revived again. Dubai Port World officials met the senior officials of the West Bengal Government and Kolkata Port Trust to discuss the possibility. The MoU signed between the West Bengal Government and Bengal Port Limited, the promoter of the project, expired in 2004. Dubai Port World is now the single largest shareholder of Bengal Port Ltd.
Contact: The Kolkata Port Trust.
Tel: 033- 2230-3451(25 Lines). Fax: 033-2230-4901.

Chennai port, Belgium sign fresh agreement
The Chennai Port Trust has once again signed a new MoU with the Port of Zeebrugge Belgium. They had earlier signed an agreement in 1997, with the intention of cooperating in various fields related to maritime transportation and port development and working together as sister ports. The new agreement is expected to enlarge the scope of cooperation between the two ports.

Contact: The Chennai Port Trust.


Punjab to get metro rail
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has signed an agreement with the Punjab government for starting metro rail services in Ludhiana at an investment Rs 3,000 crore. Plans are afoot to start a metro service in Amritsar and Mohali too. DMRC will prepare a detailed project report (DPR) within six months. The construction to be carried out through a public-private partnership (PPP) or the build-operate-own (BOO) mode is likely to start within a year and the first phase of the metro rail is likely to be completed within four years. In the first phase, the length of the metro network is proposed to be about 25 km.

Contact: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
Tel: 011-2436 5202/4. Fax: 011-2436 5370.

MP govt to introduce Malwa Odyssey
The Madhya Pradesh government is planning to introduce the "Malwa Odyssey", a luxury train, that will be modeled on the lines of the Palace on Wheels, to link tourist destinations in Bhopal. Efforts were also being made to connect major tourist attractions including Sanchi, Khajurao, Gwalior, Pachmarhi, Datia, Jabalpur, Rewa, Tikamgarh, Mandu and Maihar (Satna).

Contact: The Madhya Pradesh Government.

Chandigarh-Baddi railway line by 2012
In a major boost to the development of industries, the Central Government has given formal approval to the Rs 330-crore, 34-km railway line connecting Chandigarh and Baddi. Work will being in two months, after the survey for the line is completed. The railway line will have 8 tunnels; the longest of them will be 1.8 km. The railway line is scheduled to be completed by 2012.
Contact: The Central Government.

Monorail on the go in Mumbai
The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA)board has given its approval to the plan for constructing four monorail routes in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The first line, a 25-km route between Malbar Hill and Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) will be completed in two years. The other routes include the 10-km long Chembur-Mahu-Gidwani Road-Govandi-Chembur, another 10-km long route between Lokhandwala Complex and Kanjurmarg and the 25-km Thane-Kalyan-Bhiwandi route. The project will cost Rs 60-70 crore per km.
Contact: The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority.
Tel: 022-2659 0001-2659 0004 (4 lines).
Fax: 022-2659 1264.
Vedanta setting up private rail linkage
Vedanta Aluminium is setting up a private railway linkage from its Lanjigarh aluminium refinery in Orissa to the nearest railway station at Ambadala at an expenditure of Rs 103 crore. The new railway line is scheduled to be operational in a year's time. The refinery currently uses road transport for bringing in coal and bauxite ore to the factory and for the dispatch of refined alumina.

Contact: Vedanta Aluminium.


Nabard to loan 16,000 cr for rural roads project
The National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (Nabard) has entered into a tripartite agreement with the Ministry of Rural Development and the National Rural Roads Development Agency (NRRDA) for providing loan to build rural roads under the Bharat Nirman programme. The total loan assistance from Nabard will be Rs 16,000 crore over the next four years and a special window under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) has been created to disburse the funds.
Contact: NABARD. E-mail:

$ 50 billion required to spruce Mumbai transport system
A study conducted by Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority highlighted the fact that an investment of around $ 50 billion will be needed to upgrade the various transit systems in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) over the next 20 years. To meet the challenge of future transport requirements in the MMR, 450 km of Metro rail network, 104 km of new suburban lines and 1,513 km of new roads will be needed. The study also recommends public-private partnership model to execute these projects and suggests funding pattern of 40 per cent from private sector, 28 per cent from users, 10 per cent contribution from state government (collected as development charge from builders) and 12 per cent from borrowings.

Contact: The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority.Tel: 2659 0001-2659 0004 (4 lines).Fax: 2659 1264.

Rs 49 cr for road development in Gujarat
The Central Government has sanctioned Rs 49 crore for strengthening and widening 23 road stretches in different parts of Gujarat, including Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. A total of 146.53 km will be upgraded in the districts of Sabarkantha, Patan, Panchmahal, Dahod, Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bhavn-agar and Amreli. A service road parallel to NH-8C at Chiloda-Gandhinagar section and another service road parallel to the same highway at Chiloda-Gandhinagar-Sarkhej road will also be constructed.
Contact: The Central Government.


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