Projects Info | 18-24 August, 2008

Projects to watch – Roads

Delhi-Dehradun Expressway
Delhi-Dehradun highway is one of the highly congested traffic corridor in Northern India. The widening of this highway is in progress. Traffic moves at a snail's pace in this stretch. It is likely that the Government of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh will come forward and jointly build an eight lane expressway along the Hindon River connecting New Delhi to Dehradun. Both the Governments will need to devise strategies to tackle the traffic congestion issue by going ahead with the expressway project. The eight-lane expressway will start from the national capital linking Ghaziabad - Saharanpur - Haridwar - Dehradun. The total length of the expressway is expected to be around 200 km. This project has the potential to boost the local economy churning out business and employment opportunities along the entire stretch.

Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway

DS Construction led consortium bagged the KMP expressway project way back in year 2006 for a concession period of 23 years and 9 months. HSIIDC is the implementing agency for the project. The project also known as the western peripheral expressway is the largest expressway project, which is executed on Build Operate Transfer (BOT) basis. The project cost is estimated at Rs 1,915 crore and has achieved financial closure in January 2007. Out of the total cost, the SPV has tied up a debt of Rs 1,149 Crore, through a consortium of 12 banks/financial institutions led by IDBI Ltd. The arrangers for the debt are SBI Capital Markets Ltd and IDBI Ltd. The project execution is planned in three packages of 45 km each. The project envisages construction of the 135.6 Km, access controlled expressway from NH-1 near Kundli (Sonipat) crossing NH-10 at west of Bahadurgarh, crossing NH-8 at Manesar (Gurgaon) and joining NH-2 near Palwal (Faridabad). The Expressway also crosses 7 State Highways, 4 major district roads and 104 other village and panchayat roads and there are around 64 villages within the 500m vicinity lying in the state of Haryana. Besides this the expressway crosses 4 Railway lines and 18 Irrigation canals, distributaries and other seasonal streams. The expressway will have 33 Agricultural Vehicular Underpass, 31 Cattle crossings, 62 Pedestrians Crossings, 7 overpasses, 9 Underpass Multi Span and 27 Single Span Underpass. Sufficient precaution has also been taken to maintain natural drainage of surrounding area and 302 culverts will be built up on the expressway. The average entry and exit on this expressway will be at every 17 km and will thus allow maximum population to take benefit of it.

The project will act as a stimulant for the development of the area which will get connected on it completion. It will provide high speed connectivity to four of the most important Industrial centers in Haryana, and intersect four of India's busiest National Highways: NH-1 near Kundli (Sonipat), NH-10 at near Bahadurgarh, NH-8 at Manesar (Gurgaon) and NH-2 near Palwal (Faridabad). The KMP expressway project will pave way for the change in the landscape of the entire region with the development of SEZ's, Township, Processing units, Hospitality, Industrial nodes, Education and Medical centres all along the periphery.
HSIIDC has approved the design of the clover-leaf interchange at Kundli and Manesar. The total land covering 3354 acres has been acquired by HSIIDC and handed over to the concessionaire.

The work on the project has already begun and is scheduled for completion by July 2009. More than Rs. 400 crores has already been invested by the Concessionaire.

Ganga Expressway
Jaiprakash Associates Ltd's wholly owned subsidiary, Jaypee Ganga Infrastructure Corporation has signed the concession agreement with Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) for the prestigious 1,047 km long eight lane access controlled Ganga Expressway from Greater Noida to Ballia on March 23, 2008 and has also deposited a Bank Guarantee of Rs 1,491 crore towards the same.
The proposed expressway from Ballia to Greater Noida and passing through Varanasi, Mirzapur, Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Rae Bareli, Unnao, Hardoi, Farrukhabad, Shahjahanpur, Badaun, Bulandshahr, is to be 155 metre wide, including the width of the embankments and service roads. The expressway which is divided into four packages of approximately 250 km each, had attracted 19 bidders during the prequalification round including Reliance Energy, Unitech, Gammon etc.
Jaiprakash Associates Ltd was awarded the Ganga Expressway project in January 2008 as its combined bid for the four packages of the project was the lowest. The concession period for the project is 35 years. The project is expected to complete within four years period and involves cost of Rs 30,000 crore.The alignment plan for the expressway has been submitted to the Government of Uttar Pradesh for approval. Once approval is received, ground survey will be initiated and land acquisition process will start. Financial closure is expected within 7-8 months period and work would commence thereafter simultaneously in all 16 districts.

Yamuna Expressway
This project promises to cut down travel time between National Capital Region and Agra, which is India's most prominent tourist destination owing to Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. The success of this project will throw up hundreds of opportunities for the Industrial and Urban development of the region. It will boost tourism sector to a greater extent. The Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP) is proactive in this regard and has constituted Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority for the implementation of this project.

Yamuna Expressway Authority is responsible for the project execution, land acquisition, preparation of master and zonal plan, infrastructure development in terms of feeder roads, drainage, electrification along the expressway. The total length of the expressway is 165.537 km, starting from zero point Greater Noida upto Agra. The number of lanes proposed is 6 but is expandable to 8, 7 interchanges, 3 main toll plaza, 7 toll plaza on interchange loop, 35 underpass, 1 rail over bridge, 1 major bridge, 42 minor bridges, 68 cart track crossing and 68 culverts.

The project was awarded to Jaiprash Associates Ltd (JAL) and the concession agreement was signed on February 7, 2003. An SPV named Jaypee Infratech Ltd was formed by the concessionaire to implement this project. As per the concession agreement, the concessionaire will have rights to collect tolls during the concession period of 36 years. The land development rights covering an area of 25 milliion sq m along the proposed stretch also rests with the concessionaire. The Yamuna Expressway will provide connectivity between the various satellite towns of National Capital Region of Delhi that is, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Faridabad with Aligarh, Mathura and Agra. The Taj International Airport, Aviation Hub and SDZ's are also proposed along the expressway. Affirmative action from the Government is awaited in this regard. The expressway is proposed to be developed in three phases. Phase-I will see the development of the stretch between Greater Noida and the proposed Taj International Airport (TIA). Phase II comprises of the stretch between the TIA and the intermediate destination between TIA and Agra. Phase III would include stretch between the intermediate destination and Agra. The project is expected to complete by year 2010. The revised structure master plan has been approved and finalised by Yamuna Expressway Authority board on February 2, 2008. The construction work is in progress at approximately 70 km of the expressway. JAL has placed orders for all major equipments including slipform pavers and deliveries have commenced at the site.

Credits: Sandeep Ravidutt Sharma, Foundation of Infrastructure Research Studies Training (FIRST)
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