Projects Info | 11-17 August, 2008

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Island Bridge

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

Vital Stats
Company involved: Hindustan Construction Company (HCC).
Estimated Cost: Rs 1,640 crore.
Location: Mumbai.
Bridge length: 5.6 km.
Expected period of operation: January 2009.

Key features
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 system.
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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Multi-modal International Hub Airport (MIHAN)

Logistics Hub

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.

Vital Stats
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.”
Abid Ruhi,
Project Manager, MIHAN

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Bengaluru International Airport

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.

Vital Stats
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.”
Albert Brunner,

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Bangalore Metro

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

Vital Stats
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.”
E Sreedharan,
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.”
Anuj Dayal,
Chief Public Relations Officer,
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

Vital Stats
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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Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway

Fast forward

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.”
Manhad Narula,
Managing Director,
D S Constructions Ltd

Vital Stats
DG Features
Begins at Dhaula Kuan in Delhi and ends on the rim of Gurgaon (Manesar).
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
Decongesting traffic.

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Freight forward

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.

Vital Stats
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.

Sanctioned cost:
Western Corridor -
Rs 16,592 crore; Eastern Corridor- Rs 11,589 crore

Project status:
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.
VK Kaul,
Managing Director, DFCCIL

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Port Able

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.”
MK Padia,

Vital Stats
Over Rs 2,000 crore invested so far
Six helipads
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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Godavari lift irrigation

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 country.

“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 !”

Dibakar Rakshit,
Project Manager, Godavari Lift Irrigation Project

Vital Stats

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.

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Gift wrapped

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."

SG Mankad,
Chairman, GIFT

Vital Stats
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 people
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)

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