04 April 2020

Interaction-Shaibal Roy, Business Unit Head (Metro, Tunnels, Waterways)- Urban Infrastructure, Tata Projects

We have to our credit the “firsts” for various Metro Corporations across India


Tata Projects is one of the fastest growing and most admired infrastructure companies in India. It has expertise in executing large and complex industrial and urban infrastructure projects.The Company provides turnkey end to end solutions to set up power generation plants, power transmission & distribution systems, fully integrated rail & metro systems, commercial buildings & airports, chemical process plants, water and waste water management solutions, complete mining and metal purification systems. SHAIBAL ROY, BUSINESS UNIT HEAD (METRO, TUNNELS & WATERWAYS)– URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE, TATA PROJECTS spoke to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES on the current scenario and the opportunities in the metro space.



Tell us about the role being currently played by your firm in the metro rail space? Which are the metro projects in which you are present, their current status, scope of work and cost, timeline for completion?

We have to our credit the “firsts” for various Metro Corporations across India. For DMRC we have their first longest elevated corridor of 9 km elevated viaduct and 9 stations for a value above Rs.650 Cr of which we have completed so far close to 75 per cent of the works and the project is going on-time to be completed by Oct’17/ Nov’17 as per the contract.

We recently bagged one of the longest elevated stretches of 7km viaduct and 7 stations for Ahmedabad Metro MEGA for a value of Rs.721 Cr and the project is scheduled to be completed around Jul’19/ Aug’19. In the underground Metro space, we have the first underground Metro stretch for LMRC at Lucknow for Rs.1190 Cr consisting 3.8km TBM tunnel and 3 underground stations. We are also constructing the first underground Metro for MMRC for Mumbai Line-3 having a value of Rs.2830 Cr.


What are the opportunities you are seeking in the metro space going forward? Tell us of the metro projects in which you are looking to contribute?

India is poised at such a juncture that every city has as part of their development plan a mass transit system. We are focussing to contribute to the growth story of each city as the projects unfolds. At this point Metros are planned in Delhi Ph-IV, Noida, Varanasi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Bhopal & Indore, Guwahati, Mumbai, Vizag, Bangalore, Kozhikode, Trivandrum and Kochi Metro and Tata Projects as a major player Pan-India across all sectors would also be trying for Metros in each of the above cities.


Detail us with regards to the latest technologies like construction equipment, software, building materials etc your company has used in metro rail projects.

Our company is using BIM (Building Information Modelling) as part of our design and planning for the Metro projects. This technology has come very handy for us to overcome the difficulty of impeding clash in the ROW and therefore alter the alignment slightly with the help of client to avoid unnecessary stalemate. We are further using high volume of pre-cast elements as part of our construction. Our casting yard is fully mechanised using steam curing as a norm and the entire handling of concrete right from production to casting is fully mechanised.


Future outlook for the industry and from a company perspective.

Being the second most populous country and high density of population in the metro cities as also in Tier-2 cities, the inclusion of Metro in the city development plans by the Urban Local Bodies is not an option but a mandatory requirement for our nation. This provides a long-term pipeline from a business perspective to companies like us and help us devise a long-term strategy for the Metro sector. We are very positive about the same. The government needs to ensure the funding and the ROW is in place to stop any hindrance during execution paving way for more such projects to be realistically rolled out as planned.

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