Projects Info | 14 - 20 May 2007

News Forward
2007 BE awards

Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick (India) Pvt Ltd is among the winners of the 2007 BE Awards of Excellence in Los Angeles. The award was in the civil road infrastructure category, more specifically for the laning of the Hyderabad-Vijayawada and Vijayawada-Machlipatnam section. Thirty-one projects received the awards. These projects set benchmarks and showcased the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that created them. An independent panel of BE Awards jurors, which included accomplished Bentley users and distinguished industry experts, selected the winning projects from more than 280 nominations. CEO Greg Bentley said, "It is a privilege and a pleasure to recognize so much talent and so many projects that will have a positive impact on the world community for generations. BE, which stands for "Bentley Empowered," embodies the power of community to create, innovate, and improve the world's infrastructure.

John Crane to open facility in Bangalore
Smiths Group Plc of the UK, which grosses £2 billion business in sealing technology globally, is in the process of a setting up a centre of excellence in Bangalore. Its Indian arm John Crane Sealing Systems India Pvt Ltd will implement the project and has lined up the first round of £ 3 million investment. John Crane currently employs 210 people and has a gas seal service and repair facility, looking at £5 million in annual revenues. It will be the key manufacturing hub for mechanical seals for the domestic market. John Crane India will supply fully-assembled power transmission couplings for the Indian and Asia-Pacific markets apart from manufacturing coupling components for assembly at other John Crane facilities. The Indian centre of excellence is equipped with the capability and expertise for carrying out full seal-failure analysis, required for huge rotating machinery used by Reliance Petrochemicals, Essar, BPCL, IOC, HPCL, ONGC, GAIL etc.

Autorickshaw maker takes on Tata Ace
Atul Auto Limited, a Rajkot-based autorickshaw manufacturer, is readying component drawings of a micro truck. Atul manufactures a one-tonne three-wheeler named Shakti since 2001. Its factories at Rajkot and Hardwar together have a capacity of 24,000 vehicles per year. Some 60,000 Atul Shaktis are reported to run on Indian roads, particularly in small towns.
The company claims 5 per cent marketshare in goods-carrying auto rickshaws. Its four-wheeler, now in the drawing board stage, will also be in the good-carrying sector. It is intended to compete with Ace, the highly successful one-tonner LCV from the Tata stable, and will be priced in the Rs 2.0-2.5 lakh range.

10,000 MW addition from renewables
Capacity addition of 1800-2000 Mw of renewable energy, essentially wind power, has been planned for 2007-08, according to the ministry of new and renewable energy. The tempo will be maintained throughout the 11th Plan period 2007-12 and the ultimate target will be 10,000 Mw for the period.

4-bn tonne coal for captive use
The advertisement issued by the Union Coal Ministry in January 2007 for allocating coal blocks estimated to hold
4 billion tonne coal, has received a tremendous response. The ministry received 1400 applications, from both private and public sector entities and consortia. Evaluation is going apace and the 38 blocks covered in this phase
will be distributed by June/July 2007. Successful bidders will have to use the mined coal for their captive use and not merchant sales.

Madhucon bags Kadappa canal work
The irrigation department of Andhra Pradesh government has awarded construction of the GNSS main canal in Kadappa district to Madhucon Project Ltd. With this Rs 134 crore order, the gross value of MPL's order book has crossed the Rs 5000 crore mark. The company has a large fleet of hi-tech construction equipment worth
Rs 250+ crore, to carry out construction of heavy structures.

Satluj Jal's expertise for J&K rail project
Satluj Jal Viduyut Nigam Ltd will providing consultancy services in geotechnical investigation and related design works for tunnels to be built in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. SJVNL has substantial expertise in the field
and has signed an MoU with Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd, which is undertaking work in J&K upon successful completion of its project in the southwestern coast.

100-villa gated complex for Chennai
KG Green Meadows, a Rs 50-crore residential project coming up at Velachery in Chennai, will offer health and fitness options at the doorstep of residents, even as they carry on with their routine daily schedules. The township will have an oxygen parlour and amenities like jogging track, meditation centre, steam, sauna and jacuzzi, gymnasium and swimming pool. Promoted by KG Developers and Promoters, the gated community
complex will have 100 inward-facing semi-detached villas of 1500-1800 sq feet, garden apartments and penthouses. It will be ready for occupation in
early 2008.

Malabar Gold to set shop at Dubai Gold Souk
Dubai Gold Souk will have an outlet of jewellery manufacturer Malabar Gold in mid-2007. The company also proposes to open 6 showrooms across South India by end-2007, taking the tally to 20. The company has plans to open a showroom at Chennai and then set shop at more locations in West Asia


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