Projects Info | 11-17 August, 2008
BANDRA WORLI SEA LINK
Bandra Worli Sea Link Project, a Rs 1,306 crore project of
Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is
being executed by Hindustan Construction Company and is likely
to be completed by December 2008. It will be an 8-lane, cable-stayed
bridge which will link Mumbai’s western and central
suburbs thus enabling speedy travel, reducing congestion and
saving fuel. The Maharashtra government has announced the
extension of Bandra-Worli sea link by another 3.6 km up to
Haji Ali at an additional cost of Rs 1,200 crore. The sea
link will reduce travel time between Bandra and Worli from
60-75 minutes at present to about 7 minutes. and improve the
connectivity between the island city and its western suburbs
when it opens up for public by January 2009.
“Bandra Worli Sea Link Bridge with its majestic pylon
towers is poised to make a glorious contribution to signature
structures of Mumbai. The hitherto un-chartered journey towards
its successful culmination is replete with examples of triumph
of indomitable will and innovative spirit to overcome daunting
challenges caused by structuring problems, seasonal difficulties,
construction and technical impediments and we had to devise
ingenious methods are devised to get around and over come
all these hurdles and successfully execute this prestigious
and eagerly awaited project. It was awarded the ‘Golden
Peacock Award’ for safety, health and environment.”
Col Satish Diwanji,
Project Manager, Bandra Worli Sealink Project
Company involved: Hindustan Construction Company (HCC).
Estimated Cost: Rs 1,640 crore.
Bridge length: 5.6 km.
Expected period of operation: January 2009.
An 8-lane bridge with 2 lanes dedicated for buses.
Unique bridge design for the Link Bridge to emerge as a land
mark structure in the city.
Single tower supported 500 m long cable stayed bridge at Bandra
Channel and twin tower supported 350 m cable stayed bridge
at Worli Channel for each carriageway.
Modern toll plaza of 16 lanes with automated toll collection
An intelligent bridge with state-of-the-art systems for traffic
monitoring, surveillance, information and guidance, instrumentation,
emergency support, etc.
Development of promenade and landscaping to enhance the environment.
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Hub Airport (MIHAN)
MIHAN is a prestigious project being developed by Maharashtra
Airport Development Company Ltd (MADC), a Special Purpose
Company of the Government of Maharashtra (GoM). The Multi-modal
Inter-national Hub Airport (MIHAN) at Nagpur would not only
play a major role in the development of Vidarbha region but
will benefit the state and the country as a whole.
The project includes an International Airport, a SEZ, a captive
power plant, a health city, road and rail terminals, an international
school, and a residential area on 4,354 hectare of land. MADC
will upgrade the length of the Nagpur Airport runway from
3,200 to 3,600 m and will have second parallel runway of length
4,100 m and the capacity of terminal building from 700 passengers
to 1,500-2,000 passengers as a part of MIHAN project apart
from cargo handling capacity of 8,70,000 tonne.
The company hopes to attract investments from major players
to further fund the Rs 2,500 crore MIHAN project for its infrastructure
development. It is being hailed as the biggest economical
development project being executed in the country.
One of the major challenges in this project was land acquisition.
It has been overcome and dealt with. Now I believe that rehabilitation
is going to be a challenge in future. Similarly the transfer
of the operations of Nagpur airport to MADC might also turn
out to be a challenge. But with the co-operation and support
of the state and central government we are overcoming the
obstacles and progressing with the project.
The success of this project can be gauged by the level of
investment that is being made in this project. As on date
about 35 companies have invested in this project and the construction
activities of few companies have already begun.”
Project Manager, MIHAN
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Garden City Greenfield
Bangalore has got a state-of-the-art international airport
which is located in Devanahalli, about 40 km (25 mi) from
the city. This 4,050 acre (16.4 km²) international airport
is owned and operated by Bangalore International Airport Ltd
(BAIL). The $ 600 million-airport was inaugurated and started
its operations on 23 May 2008. Currently it has the capability
to handle 12 million passengers per year.
Area: 4050 acre plot in Devanahalli, 30 km Bangalore
Promoters: Siemens-Zurich Airport-L&T consortium, Airports
Authority of India (AAI) and Karnataka State Investment and
Industrial Development orporation [KSIIDC].
Project cost: Rs 2470 crore
State share: Rs 350 crore
Additional jobs created: 1,000 jobs per million passengers
Passenger capacity: 12 million per year
Cargo capacity: 1.4 lakh tonne per year
Trial run: Jan 15, 2008
1st commercial flight: May 22, 2008.
Building a new private greenfield airport in Indian is much
more than a construction project, it means setting up an unprecedented
legal framework, coping with huge time pressure, recruiting
and training personnel form a large talent pool with limited
experience in airport management. It also requires selection
of partners like caterers, ground handlers, retailers, etc.
who are willing and are able to provide service according
to the highest international standards. It is not possible
to realise such a project under the given time constraints
without the full dedication of thousands of people involved
(in the offices and at site) and without support from various
authorities. The Master Plan of the Bengaluru International
Airport has been developed to fulfill the need for an operationally
efficient and passenger friendly airport for Bangalore. It
ensures that the size and capacity of the airport facilities
can be gradually expanded based on the passenger and cargo
growth. The Master Plan not only includes provision of premium
land for commercial real estate developments such as office
parks, retail, entertainment and hospitality but also land
reserve for a rail link to the city. The intention of BIAL
to develop an Airport City is in line with the increasing
attention being paid to 'Aerotropolises' globally. An Aerotropolis
is a city in which the layout, infrastructure and economy
are centered around a major airport. Experts in the field
are of the opinion that Airports will shape business location
and urban development in this century as much as seaports
did in the 18th century, railroads did in the 19th century
and highways in the 20th century. We envision the airport
city to be a flourishing destination in itself; people will
not only come here to take flights but also to relax, do business
and shop. It will provide growth giving a strong impact on
economy and creation of jobs. Our prime focus at this stage
is to enhance passenger experience at the airport in every
possible way. BIAL aims to make the Bengaluru International
Airport one of the best airports in India. Our focus is on
being truly passenger focused and we have showcased this in
our current facilities. We would also like to emphasise here,
the airport that you see today is only phase one. There is
a master plan for this plot of land and this is only the beginning.”
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Full speed ahead
Bangalore will be the second city in India after Delhi to
build a modern Metro rail system, aimed at easing the bumper-to-bumper
traffic on roads. The East-West corridor will be 18.10 km
long, will start from Byappanahalli and terminating at Mysore
Road terminal, going via Old Madras Road, Indiranagar, CMH
Road, Ulsoor, Trinity Circle, MG Road, Cricket Stadium, Vidhana
Soudha, Central College, Majestic, City Railway Station, Magadi
Road, Hosahalli, Vijayanagar and Deepanjali Nagar. The Bangalore
Metro has been designed for a capacity of 40,000 PHPDT. The
number of passengers expected to travel on the metro everyday
is estimated at 10.20 lakh in 2011 and 16.10 lakh in 2021.
Each train will consist of three coaches (2.88 m wide) to
start with. The train can accommodate a total of 1000 persons.
The coaches will be lightweight modern coaches and will be
later augmented to six - the carrying capacity of a six-coach
train will be 2068 passengers. The coaches, with stainless
steel shells are air-conditioned and have self-closing doors.
The agency responsible for its implementation is Bangalore
Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL).
Bangalore had been christened as 'Garden City' and lately
as the 'Silicon City' of India. The growth of Bangalore in
the last one half to two decades has been phenomenal. With
the advent of IT, there has been tremendous growth in IT industry.
Increased employment opportunities have led to high population
growth and attractive salaries to high ownership of two-wheelers
and cars. This has been compounded by the lack of reliable,
adequate public transport facilities to the populace.
Metro rail project enters as a panacea for some of the ills
of inadequate public transport system in the city.
It is most challenging and thrilling as a variety of problems
will be met and will require prompt and economic solutions.
Particularly for me, a person born and bred in the city, nothing
could be more satisfying than being involved in offering to
the city a public transport system (metro rail) to ease the
traffic congestion and make the intra-city travel fast, comfortable,
safe and enjoyable to the populace. I feel myself lucky and
privileged, with the background of 38 years experience in
Indian Railways to be involved in this project.
The project on completion will bring wealth to the city, improve
the living standards and health of the people by reducing
stress of daily travel, increase efficiency of working and
reduce loss of man-hours thus increasing productivity and
GDP of the nation.”
BS Sudhir Chandra,
Director (Projects & Planning), BMRCL
The project consists of 33 km of the metro network in two
corridors of double line electrified: East-West corridor (
18.10 km) and North-South Corridor (14.90 km). It includes
7 km of the underground portion while the remaining portion
will be an elevated structure. There will be 35 stations.
An international consortium, led by RITES, has been awarded
a Rs 215 crore project for providing 'General Consultancy
Services' for the implementation of Bangalore Metro Project
Phase 1. The other constituents of the Consortium of RITES
Ltd are PCI (Japan), PBI (US) and SYSTRA (France). The project,
to be commissioned by 2011, is partly being funded by JBIC,
Japan. The total project cost, including from acquisition
of land, has been pegged at Rs 6,400 crore.
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The Delhi Metro which commenced operations on December 24,
2002 is the second underground rapid transit system in India.
Unlike the Kolkata Metro, the Delhi Metro has a combination
of elevated, at-grade and underground lines. As of 2008, the
metro system has a total network length of 68 km, with 62
stations on 3 separate lines (13 underground, 48 elevated
and 1 at-grade station). The capital cost of completion of
Phase I has been estimated as Rs 10, 571 crore. Phase II of
the network comprises 128 km of route length and 79 stations,
and is presently under construction, with the first section
opened in June 2008 and a target completion date of 2010.
Phase III (112 km) and IV (108.5 km) are planned to be completed
by 2015 and 2020 respectively, with the network spanning 413.8
km by then, making it larger than London's Underground (408
km). Today Delhi metro serves as a model for other metro projects
in the country.
Initially many people, including top bureaucrats and town
planners, were skeptical probably because of ignorance of
our capabilities. They thought the project was a white elephant
and would not get good returns. All that has changed now.
Now every city wants a metro. The Delhi Metro has become the
symbol of India's progress today to the whole world. It has
brought so much attention to our country and our economic
and technological leap forward.”
MD, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
Major challenges that DMRC faced initially was seeking a
competent team and equip them to handle this complex project
since the country did not have the experience or expertise
to plan, design and build a modern world-class Metro. DMRC
also had to deal with issues like screening off the working
areas, widening the roads, main road junctions and post large
number of traffic wardens to keep the traffic moving smoothly.
Specialized type of machinery causing least vibration and
noise also had to be imported. Carrying out the tunneling
and digging operations in the city without causing damage
to utilities like telephone lines, power lines, water mains,
etc was also a major challenge.”
Chief Public Relations Officer,
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
Commenced operation: December 24, 2002
System length: 68 kilometers (42 mi)
Number of lines: 3 Shahdara – Rithala
Vishwa Vidyalaya - Central Secretariat
Indraprastha - Barakhamba Road - Dwarka
Number of stations: 62
Average daily ridership: 702,731
Track gauge: 1,676 mm
Operator: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd
Recently crossed passenger flow of 8,00,000 people every day
Grossed Rs 9 mn revenue from ticket sales per day
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The DG Expressway is one of the most prominent projects of
NHDP. The project was implemented by Jaypee-DSC Ventures Ltd.
This state-of-the-art 27.7 km long expressway is part of the
Golden Quadrilateral connecting Delhi with Mumbai and is also
one of the most important and highest density corridors between
NCR and the Millennium City, Gurgaon. The entire stretch,
which commenced operations on January 23, 2008, has cut down
travelling time between Delhi and Gurgaon to 20 - 25 minutes.
It handles approximately 5 to 7 lakh vehicles per day, making
this stretch of road the most populous highway in India. Since
the international and national airports are along this route,
the expressway is also called the ‘Gateway to India’.
With tremendous growth in international and national air
travel and India hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2010, this
expressway will serve to generate respect for infrastructural
development in the country by meeting all international standards.”
D S Constructions Ltd
Begins at Dhaula Kuan in Delhi and ends on the rim of Gurgaon
Length: 27.7 kms
Cost: Rs 950 crore
EPC Contractor: DSC Ltd
Part of Golden Quadrilateral project
Largest expressway project in India
11 flyovers and overpasses.
Caters to 1,20,000 vehicles per day
Toll plazas: Three toll plazas erected, one at Delhi-Haryana
border (km 24.00), second at the end of project reach i e
at km 42.00 and one more toll plaza at the intersection of
a loop leading to Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Classified in three zones - VIP zone till IGI Airport, Urban
segment till Gurgaon and Trucker's paradise beyond Gurgaon.
Benefits of DG Expressway
Reducing the travel time
Improving road connectivity
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With rising freight transportation demand driven by high
GDP growth rate, Ministry of Railways have planned to construct
a new Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) covering about 3313
route kilometers on two corridors, Eastern Corridor from Ludhiana
to Dankuni and Western Corridor from Jawahar Lal Nehru Port
Mumbai to Tughlakabad/Dadri along with interlinking of two
corridors at Khurja.
Augmentation of freight transportation infrastructure coupled
with upgradation of transportation technology, increase in
productivity and reduction in unit cost of transportation
are the major focus areas for the project. Dedicated Freight
Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCC) is a special
purpose vehicle created to undertake planning & development,
mobilization of financial resources and construction, maintenance
and operation of the Dedicated Freight Corridors. DFCC has
been registered as a company under the Companies Act 1956
on 30th October 2006.
Project: Dedicated Freight Corridor
Length and Route:
About 3313 route kilometers; Eastern Corridor from Ludhiana
to Dankuni; Western Corridor from Jawahar-lal Nehru Port,
Mumbai to Tughlakabad/ Dadri along with interlinking of two
corridors at Khurja
SPV: Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd
(DFCC) to undertake planning and development, mobilisation
of financial resources and construction, maintenance and operation
of the Dedicated Freight Corridors.
Western Corridor -
Rs 16,592 crore; Eastern Corridor- Rs 11,589 crore
Appointment of consultant, progress on location survey, ordinance
for fast track land acquisition, geo technical investigation.
Period of completion:
About five years.
Post independence, the Dedicated Freight Corridor project
is historically the single largest project for augmenting
the rail infrastructure capacity in the country. The project
will require mobilisation of large work force of technical
and skilled personnel in design and execution of the project.
New techniques of contracting, project management and financial
models will have to be deployed apart from infusing modern
railway technology in all aspects of rail infrastructure.
Its completion will have a major effect in improving transportation
needs; thereby enhancing India’s potential in all sectors
of the Industry served by the Eastern and Western DFC. The
project will generate large capacity of direct and indirect
employment. This project shall lay the foundation for the
new millennium state of the art rail freight corridors in
the country, which shall be comparable to international standards.
Managing Director, DFCCIL
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Krishnapatnam is a deep water all weather port being developed
on build-operate-share-transfer basis in public-private partnership
mode. It is based on the East Coast of India in Nellore District
of Andhra Pradesh. The project is being implemented Krishnapatnam
Port Co, a JV between the Government of Andhra Pradesh and
Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd. Immediate impact of this
green field port on the regional development is that it has
given rise to several power plants and heavy industries like
Fertilizer Plants, Cement Plants, Steel Plants etc. Other
industries supported by multi product and sector specific
SEZs are also in the offing. It is generating over 1,36,000
new direct and indirect jobs in the region. Thus the port
is acting as a catalyst in furthering the economic and industrial
growth of the regional population for the years to come. The
first phase of the new port, that will transform the economy
around Nellore, was inaugurated and dedicated to the Nation
by Sonia Gandhi on 17th July 2008. Krishnapatnam Port is certainly
a world-class port with marvellous services and facilities.
This will be the largest port in the country in a period
of five years. Krishnapatnam Port has brought in a new dynamic
to the region, with excellent connectivity by road, rail,
sea and air. Nellore is today on the verge of an industrial
revolution with several engineering companies from around
the world having set base here.”
Over Rs 2,000 crore invested so far
Easy access to Chennai & Tirupur airports
Well equipped to handle dry bulk like Iron Ore, Coal and containers
and liquid bulk cargo
Capacity to handle up to 40,000 to 60,000 tonne per day
6,500 acre of backup area
23,00,000 sq m of storage area
50 acre area for container stack yard
Total Cost: Rs 20 billion
Expected to be fully completed in 2011
Fast emerging as power generation hub
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Watering the acres
Godavari Lift Irrigation Project is a prestigious Rs 328.49
crore venture. Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) has bagged
the project from Irrigation and CAD Department of Govt of
Andhra Pradesh. The project involves lifting water from the
River Godavari with a single pipeline connecting the existing
tanks viz, Bhimghanpur, Ramappa, Salivagu, Nagaram, Dharmasagar
and Ghanpur railway station in Andhra Pradesh. The contract
envisages design and construction of 75.83 km water transmission
system of canals and pipelines linking new and existing seven
intermediate tanks. The intake pump house of this project
is located near Pamulapally village of Aswapuram Mandal, about
145 kms from the district head quarter of Khammam in Andhra
Pradesh. It has been envisaged to irrigate approximately 2
lakh acre. The project is expected to be completed in 48 months.
It is undeniably one of the major irrigation projects in the
“It has been very challenging to execute this project,
because of adverse logistics and severe prevailing extremist
related problems. The two most difficult task's of this project
were to construct the large RCC Intake well structure on river
Godavari at remote Gangaram Village and to lay the 38 km of
large size pipeline through the hilly and forest terrain of
zone-I. Warangal and Karimnagar districts are known for its
extremist activities. The Intake at Gangaram Village is located
at the border of three states, namely Chattisgarh, Orissa
and AP, which has pre-dominance of extremist activities due
to its strategic location. Added to that there was no approach
road to Intake Site and to our pipe laying site of zone-I,
located in deep forest areas, nor was telephonic and mobile
communications signals available. The fear of extremist was
so great that no sub-contractors, labours, staff & engineers
were ready to go there and work. Very frequently there were
Bandh calls from various extremist out fits with Terror being
the order of the day. So the magnitude of challenges to execute
this project was huge. However, as the saying goes, 'Where
there is a Will there is a Way'. True to this, our courageous
engineers and sub-contractors accepted the challenge.
This massive mobilisation of workmen, forced the extremists
to move away from our work fronts, thus allowing us to succeed
in executing the project.
It was a great challenge indeed !”
Project Manager, Godavari Lift Irrigation Project
Project worth: Rs 328.49 crore
Expected to be complete in 3 years
HCC handling construction of Phase I and Phase II
Billed as largest lift irrigation scheme in country to date.
||The Differentiators |
Recognising the potential of Gujarat as a centre for the
financial services industry, the government of Gujarat formulated
a mega project to realise this vision. Thus, land between
Ahmedabad Gandhinagar region has been allotted for the development
of a Central Finance and Business District (CFBD). GIFT has
been conceptualised as a global financial and IT services
hub, a first of its kind in India, designed to be at or above
par with globally benchmarked financial centers. GIFT is to
be supported by state-of-the-art internal infrastructure encompassing
all basic urban infrastructure elements along with an excellent
external connectivity. The CFBD is planned in minimum 500
acre of land has been named the Gujarat International Finance
Tec-City. To develop and implement the GIFT, a JV Company
called ‘Gujarat International Finance Tec-City Company
Ltd’ has been established.
GIFT is a unique project, perhaps the first of its kind,
where a whole city is being planned to provide IT backed financial
services on a global platform. The city will provide most
modern infrastructure and office space, elegant housing, shopping
and entertainment, schools, hospital, library and museums.
It will be self contained with its own power, water and sewage
disposal facilities. It will have some of the tallest buildings
in the country, a central cooling system, underground parking
and acres of green areas to provide a high quality of work
and living environment. The city will have a strong IT infrastructure
which will enable real time trading and financial transactions
with all parts of the world. The Gujarat Finance City will
put Gujarat and India firmly at the centre of world money
markets. It will change the way buildings and infrastructure
is built in India by bringing the latest construction technologies
and higher levels of urban services. GIFT will also offer
vast employment opportunities to our young people. We have
completed the concept designs for all buildings and infrastructure
and are now conducting market negotiations. The project poses
many challenges, but it has been possible to overcome all
difficulties by the sheer professionalism of IL&FS and
GUDC, our consultants, and active support of the State Government."
Conceptualised as a global financial and IT services hub,
a first of its kind in India, designed to be at or above par
with globally benchmarked financial centers
Globally benchmarked IFC replete with high rise business districts,
quality residential, retail and recreational spaces and superlative
physical/social/ IT Infrastructure and utilities
Sprawled over minimum of 500 acre with a total built-up area
of 91 mn sq ft (above grade), catering to over 0.5 million
To be implemented on a Public Private Partnership format at
an estimated total investment of $ 16 bn
Conceived, developed and implemented under a Joint Venture
partnership between the Govt of Gujarat (GoG) and Infrastructure
Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS)