15 December 2018

Cover Story

The Differentiators



Whether it is the ancient pyramids of Giza, or the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, Hong Kong’s upcoming Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, or Norway's overarching plan for the world's first fully-submerged floating tunnel, a country’s infrastructure reveals how it envisions itself.


When it comes to development, infrastructure remains the biggest shape shifter and mainstay of any nation’s economy, health and security. But in a nation of 1.3 billion with a vast and varied demographic and geography, forming a structured infrastructure policy remains a confounding challenge. Concerns of poverty, population density, and limited resources further worsen the situation while the country’s untiringtrajectory races ahead of its ability to deliver a essential services to its people.


But with the present government once again making infrastructure its main plank of development and employment generation, things are beginning to change on the ground. George Roter once said, “Everyone has changemaking in their DNA; it’s just a matter of unlocking it.” As we begin a brand new year, we take a look at the DIFFERENTIATORS across the infrastructure planning, operation and delivery spectrum who are unleashing the nation’s growth story by aligning it with an stirring sense of purpose and collective ambition of its people.



Currently Road and Highways tops the charts for being the most prolific sector on the infrastructure bandwagon. In the next five years, the government plans to lay 83,677 kilometres (km) of roads, estimated to be cost $108 billion. This is the largest-ever disbursement for road construction in India. The plan includes the Bharatmala Pariyojana, an extensive highway network of 34,800 km connecting India’s western border to the eastern one, with a likely investment of Rs.5,35,000 crore. While Rs.157,000 crore has been allocated for developing 48,877km of roads by the state-run National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the ministry of road transport and highways.


Nitin Gadkari — Minister for Road Transport, Shipping and Water Resources, the man behind the curtain, is raring to go and has lined up an impressive bouquet of roads, ports and shipping, inland waterways and irrigation projects. A quick snapshot provides a staggering mix of projects:

  • In October 2017, the Union Cabinet cleared the Bharatmala project to construct 20,000 km of highways connecting western and eastern parts of the country at an estimated cost of Rs.7 trillion (Rs.7 lakh crore). This year the project got a big push with the finance minister Arun Jaitley earmarking Rs.168.57 crore for port development and modernization of major ports for 2018-19. This month, Government of India-controlled Cochin Shipyard Limited said it signed an agreement with Russia’s largest shipbuilding company to jointly design and manufacture inland and coastal ships in India to enable the government’s Sagar Mala program. The deal covers the design and manufacturing of high-speed vessels, river-sea cargo vessels, passenger Vessels, hovercrafts and other watercrafts predominantly for use in India.
  • 1,680 km waterway project on the Ganga, 40 small river ports, nine ferry services, 10 RoRo (Roll-on/roll-off ships) services, 30 river linking worth Rs.8 lakh crores
  • Five border road projects worth Rs.9,700 crore covering a distance of 570 km in Uttarakhand under Bharatmala project. Another 70 roads involving around Rs.50,000 crore including the all weather Chardham road project
  • India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway (TH) is likely to be operational by December 2019
  • 24 projects planned in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) connectivity and work is on in 14 to 16 projects.
  • Inaugurated several projects in Uttar Pradesh -- all totaling Rs.6,517 crore including seven national highway (NH) projects.
  • On Road Projects Worth Rs.55,000 Crore In Bihar. Of these, 36 worth Rs.22,000 crore have taken off while DPRs have been submitted for another nine.
  • Work on 378-km-long Mumbai-Vadodara Express Highway worth Rs.20,000 crore to be started in the three months.
  • Ring roads in the country’s 28 major cities including Delhi, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Ranchi, Patna, Srinagar and Udaipur, planned at an estimated cost of Rs.36,290 crore. Of these plans, detailed reports for projects worth Rs.21,100 crore are under progress.
  • Major projects entailing an investment of Rs.31,930 crore are in the pipeline to decongest the national capital, including development of the Dwarka Expressway at a cost of Rs.6,000 crore.
  • Work on the Rs.12,000 crore Eastern Peripheral Expressway and Rs.6,000 crore Delhi-Meerut Expressway is on full swing and bids have been invited for the Rs.6,000 crore project for development of Dwarka Expressway.




Reliance Infrastructure Ltd (RInfra) recently announced that it has won a Rs.882 contract from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the six-laning of Aurangabad to Bihar-Jharkhand border section of NH-2 in Bihar on (EPC) basis. Commenting on the award, RInfra EPC CEO Arun Gupta said, "We are poised to tap potential business opportunities in EPC domain in the areas of transportation, power, heavy civil works, and oil and gas.”


While Dilip Buildcon has bagged a road EPC project for four/six-laning of Karodi to Telwadi road section of NH 211 (new NH 52 valued at Rs.565.02 crore) in Maharashtra from EPC project by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in Maharashtra. Another order worth Rs.1,522 crore from NHAI entailing a new hybrid annuity project for Odisha. The same will include rehabilitation and upgradation to six-laning of Chandikhole-Bhadrak section of NH-5 (new NH-16) from km 62 to km 135.5 in Odisha. In the south, the company has won a project worth Rs.360.58 crore for six-laning of Davanagere-Haveri section of NH-48 in Karnataka from IRCON International Limited' (A Government of India Undertaking) while another EPC project is now on the roll in Madhya Pradesh. The MP project worth Rs.730 crore is for construction of four laning from km 624.480 to km 653.225 of NH-7 in Madhya Pradesh.


Well known for it’s prudent bidding strategy and excellent execution for over the past 14 years, today DILIP BUILDCON has grown to become the largest private sector, road-focused engineering procurement construction (EPC) company in India. The company is present in road-building projects in 17 Indian states and employs 27,000 people. Around 90 per cent of company business is road building. In the last two – three years the road major has diversified successfully into irrigation, mining and building construction. The company has built it’s first dam in a record breaking time of 3 years.


The differentiating factor from any other construction company in the industry being DILIP BUILDCON never subcontracts anything at all. Everything the company does, is done on it’s own, using it’s own equipment. The company is one of the largest equipment banks in the country today. All this ultimately translates to completing projects before time. In the last five years the company has won about Rs 320 crore plus in early completion bonuses.

Says Devendra Jain, Executive Director & CEO “We have built a reputation for delivering quality projects before schedule. We have partnered with the best global players and have built our capacity through backward integration. Our strength is derived from 8700+ fleet of equipment and a 27,000+ strong team. Our commitment is demonstrated through the stringent quality checks, contribution to communities and employee welfare”



Most expensive national highway

Meanwhile five companies, NCC Limited, Hyderabad, KMC Construction Limited, Hyderabad, ULCCS-ITD CEM joint venture, Vadakara, KNR Constructions Limited, Hyderabad and JMC Projects (India) Limited, Maharashtra have come forward for the technical bid for the 28.4-km Kozhikode bypass six-lane works project approved in December last year. The total expected cost of the project is Rs.1,425 crore at the rate of Rs.50.31 crore per km. This is one of the most expensive national highways to be constructed, with seven flyovers,2 overpasses and 4 four underpasses having been sanctioned.



Zuari to get India’s second longest cable bridge

Another landmark project is the Zuari bridge in Goa. Once completed, it will be the second largest cable bridge lengthwise in the country after Vidyasagar Setu in Kolkata.Last month a new design for the new Zuari bridge's 'super-structure' was approved after the earlier design had to be scrapped due to data variation highlighted during the geological exploration of the site.

The new eight-lane bridge, besides serving as an expressway of sorts between Goa's two districts, is also being planned as a major tourist attraction with a viewing gallery and a cafe shop atop the two towers. Dilip Buildcon Limited (DBL), which had bagged the first phase of the project for Rs.900 cr (including the main bridge) in March 2016, has also bagged the other two phases from Cortalim to Verna and Siridao to the bridge. The company has joined hands with Mostobudivelnyi Zahin Ltd (MBZ) a Ukrainian-based company, with a 70 per cent and 30 per cent stake, to construct the bridge. MBZ has experience in construction of cable suspension bridges and will be the technical partner to Dilip Buildcon for the project. Devendra Jain, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, Dilip Buildcon Ltd said, “This is our first project in Goa and we are extremely glad to have bagged this prestigious project and hope that we are able to complete the project before time. With this, we are now present in 12 states across India.” Speaking on the project, Gadkari said, “This bridge will be iconic for not just Goans but also for the country and it will be a centre of attraction for domestic and international tourists. The bridge is expected to open for traffic by January 26, 2019.




In this years budget, the Smart Cities Mission (now 99 cities in total) has received further impetus with a spend of Rs.6,169 crore in 2018-19 as against Rs.4,000 crore in 2017-18. A major part of the new allocation has been assigned for formation of SPVs in 10 Smart Cities and improvement in specific socio-economic indicators based on respective development premise being followed by 100 Smart Cities.


As on January 2018, there are 2,948 projects worth Rs.1.38 lakh crore, at various stages of implementation. A total 189 projects worth Rs.2,237 crore have been completed, and implementation is under way for 495 projects with a cost of Rs.18,616 crore.

Speaking on the development, Milind Kothari, Managing Partner, BDO India said, “True to the commitment, Smart Cities programme is progressing well and with continued budgetary support, these cities will greatly benefit from a new ecosystem of infrastructure leveraged on the thrust of using technology as the backbone.”


While things have progressed slowly until now, there are very encouraging signs that India’s Smart City Mission will be successful. Further 82 out of 99 cities now have functional Special Purpose Vehicles, who monitor, assess and implement their cities smart city projects. And the private sector is gearing up to cater to the increasing on ground activity.


Schneider Electric India, in partnership with IL&FS recently bagged a contract from Naya Raipur Development Authority to develop the first greenfield integrated smart city in the capital of Chhattisgarh. The project includes setting up hardware for sensors for data collection, setting up operating technology for controlling information and enterprise control for the development authority to monitor and control the smart city.


With projects now being released on PPP model, the government private sector partnership has assumed a new flavor. At the recent Davos summit, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu met Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra and sought Mahindra’s support in the planning and construction of Amaravati and launching electric vehicles in the capital city. While in Davos, the CM also showcased the State’s investment climate at 25 tripartite meetings and received Letters of Intent from over 100 companies. Andhra Pradesh has also asked Centre to grant Rs.11,000 crore for development of the state's new capital Amaravati.

Work is progressing fast on the city. L&T Construction won orders worth Rs.2,265 crore from Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA).The scope of work includes investigation, design & construction of roads, drains, culverts, water supply, sewerage, sewerage treatment plants, utility ducts for power & ICT, reuse waterline, and avenue plantation for land pooling schemes in Zones – 6, 7 and 10 areas of Amaravati Capital City. “Amaravati is fast developing into a world-class city and we are proud to be part of its growth story,” said S N Subrahmanyan, CEO and MD, Larsen & Toubro.


While down south, Civil engineering and EPC firm JMC Projects (India) Ltd announced that it had bagged new construction projects worth over Rs.1,457 crore including a Rs.454 crore shipyard modernization project in Goa, Rs.446 crore flyover project in Maharashtra, Rs.282 crore commercial project in Hyderabad, Rs.224 crore residential project in Bangalore. The company also bagged educational building project worth Rs.51 crore in Amravati, Andhra Pradesh. Commenting on securing new orders, company's CEO and Dy MD, S K Tripathi said, "In the past few quarters, we have successfully increased our presence in government projects. It would enhance our growth sustainability going forward."


While in the west, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis confirmed that the city was confident of finishing all transport projects in Mumbai by 2022, with significant changes in mobility with projects ranging from underground metro and sea bridge to coastal roads, elevated suburban trains and new airports. Navi Mumbai International Airport, one of the biggest greenfield airports in the world is expected to start operations by 2019 and reach its maximum capacity of 60 million passengers a year by 2030.


Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) is planning to create the "world's largest garden" in central Mumbai by reclaiming 350 hectares. The park will require 80 hectares or around 200 acres of land reclamation off Haji Bunder near Sewri, which will be carried out after environmental clearances are received. MbPT is the biggest land owner in the city, and efforts are afoot to create open spaces in the space-starved city by using the land under its control as part of the eastern seafront project. A large part of the cargo handling has moved out of MbPT over time, allowing it to concentrate on such measures.


In another news, Tata Projects Limited in a Joint Venture with Daewoo E&C of South Korea has announced that they have secured an $850 million contract (Rs.5612 Cr) to design & build a part of India’s longest sea-bridge – Mumbai Trans Harbour Link. The project will use reverse circulation drill method for foundation and erection of a large block (180m) orthotropic steel deck structure at navigational span.


Recently L&T implemented the biggest city surveillance project in the city. While speaking at the recent Smart Cities Conclave held in Varanasi, Joy Ranjan Cheruvathoor, Chief Marketing Officer, L&T Construction explained, “When Mumbai launched this project it was purely for surveillance, but the designers actually had foresight to build a system that wouldRs. then deliver Wi-Fi. When city wanted delivery of citywide Wi-Fi, L&T could bring that up within the shortest possible time using the infrastructure that was already created. “


In Pune, Google recently announced its partnership with India’s largest engineering and construction company Larsen and Toubro (L&T) to bring 150 Google Station hotspots to Pune.L&T is currently working on four smart cities namely, Jaipur, Pune, Nagpur and Vishakapatnam.



Delhi Mumbai Corridor

Beset with land acquisition disputes, bureaucratic wrangling and funding problems, the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project (DMICDC), claimed to be the world’s largest infrastructure project with an projected investment of $90 billion, is finally showing signs of activity.Phase-1 of the corridor is now expected to complete by 2019. Speaking alongside the recently concluded 42nd joint meeting of India-Japan Business Cooperation Committee, Alkesh K Sharma, CEO and MD, DMIC Development Corporation confirmed, “Work in DMIC has reached an advanced stage. We have started land allotment in four cities,”. The revised deadlines for phase 2 and 3 are 2027 and 2037, respectively. And industry seems to agree. “In the last couple of years, we have seen that the pace of construction has quickened considerably," said Piyush Sinha, India Director, NEC Corp. in a joint-venture project with the Indian government is providing logistics support along the route. While still cautious, some global companies are now interest. The European aviation major Airbus has signed a "Strategic Partnership" MoU, advising the DICDL on setting up an Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing cluster in DSIR. Other sectors that the SIR is looking to attract include IT, Electronics, Bio-Technology and Food Processing. While the UP government has been in talks with Container Corp of India to set up a logistics park in Bhaupur, near Kanpur. In addition to the 1,500-km long western dedicated freight corridor, DMIC comprises of 24 industrial regions, eight smart cities, two international airports, five power projects, two mass rapid transit systems, and two logistical hubs.

"It's not merely a pie-in-the-sky project," said Michael Kugelman, Senior Associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. "It's a very real initiative that's gotten off the ground. If it can get over some significant humps, it could make some very real progress."Work has now begun in four of the eight manufacturing destinations proposed in the first phase of the industrial corridor. pace."

Guwahati to Tihu

Under the new north east policy, the government has recently sanctioned a 160 sq km industrial corridor on the two sides of the national highway from Guwahati to Tihu in Nalbari district.



East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC) - First Coastal Corridor Industrial

In Southern India, Tamil Nadu government is seeking consultants to prepare a master plan for developing two industrial nodes on a priority basis along the Chennai-Kanniyakumari Industrial Corridor which is part of East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC), the first coastal corridor to be implemented in India.The nodes under Chennai-Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor, which comes under the second phase of ECEC, include Madurai-Virudhunagar-Dindigul-Theni node and Thoothukudi-Tirunelveli node.Asian Development Bank will be providing $1.6 million for preparing the master plan for the two nodes, which were assessed and prioritised for development based on the three key criteria which include rail road, port and air connectivity, urban-industrial eco-system and skilled work force supply.


Nagpur-Mumbai Maharashtra Samrudhi corridor

Meanwhile, in Maharashtra, the Chief Minister presented the plan for Nagpur-Mumbai Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor at the 'Industrial Corridors in India' event organised by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). He elaborated on its benefits for entire state, including agricultural nodes for 24 districts for supply chain, cold storage with focus on agriculture processing for the agricultural community. “Work for this Rs.34,000 crore project will start from March 2018 and will be completed in three years. I am confident that government will get 85 per cent of the land by way of direct purchase by next month,"Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said.


Delhi Jaipur Expressway: The deadline of the 225-km expressway, expected to cut travel time between Delhi and Jaipur to only two hours, has been advanced to 2019 from 2017 owing to land acquisition hurdles in Rajasthan. The government has put great focus on expressway project and the Delhi-Jaipur Express costing Rs.18,000 was one of the highlight features on the list. The project proposed in 2013 during the UPA regime gained speed in 2016 but hurdles land acquisition hurdles mean the project stands stalled.



Highest bridge of the world on river Chenab.

The government is building the tallest bridge in the world over river Chenab at Doda (359 metre above the river). Estimated at Rs.1198 crore, the bridge once completed will surpass the current record held by Beipan river Shuibai railway bridge (275m) in Guizhou province of China. The Chenab bridge will serve as a critical link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal which is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla section of the Kashmir Railway project.

Design and construction of the bridge was awarded to a joint venture of Afcons Infrastructure, Ultra Construction & Engineering Company of South Korea and VSL India in 2004. The work is being done by AFCONS through Konkan railways. Part of the project entails laying of rail track from Katra to Banihal, which is an extremely treacherous and difficult terrain. Speaking about the project, S M Viswamurthy, Project Manager, AFCONS Construction Company said, “It is the seventh largest arch-shaped bridge in the world as there is no support except on both sides of the river banks and one of the supporting RCC and steel pillar is 133 metres high. The arch is being supported by piers and trusses. 80 per cent of the railway line will have to pass through tunnels which are under construction.”

The bridge is designed to resist wind speeds of up to 260 kmph. The seismic nature of the project zone was also considered during its design. Force Technology Laboratory, a Norway-based company has conducted wind tunnel tests to understand the effects of wind speed, static force coefficients and gust buffeting. Last November, the work on installations of main arch between two sides of the bridge had begun and the first train on the line is slated for operation between Udhampur-Srinagar in 2020.




Trains remain the most popular and accessible choice for a majority of Indians. But with the coming of economy flights, there has been a slow but steady decline in passenger numbers since 2014, especially in expensive berths category. have started to decline since 2014. Also growing incidence of rail accidents and surge in car ownership have further dampened the growth prospects.

Responding to the development, the government has now committed to allocating $137bn (£111bn) over its five-year term to upgrade India’s railways, including improving track structure and introducing long welded rails and track patrols to prevent railway infrastructure from falling into disrepair. Some of the recent project differentiators include:



Bullet train line

India’s first bullet train, 508km-long Mumbai to Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) (Expected launch 2022) is touted to have a maximum speed of 217mph (350km/h), more than twice the speed of the country’s current fastest train, Gatimaan Express (160 km/h). The Shinkansen model train (Shinkansen, meaning ‘new trunk line’), is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities to around 2 hours from the existing 7-8 hours. The train will have a top speeds of 320-350 km per hour and fares could be in the range of Rs.3000 - Rs.5,000. More than four-fifths of the project’s $19bn (£14.4bn) cost will be funded by a 0.1 per cent interest-rate loan from Japan and the project will create about 36,000 jobs. The railways will only require around 825 hectares of land for the project as 92 per cent of the route will be elevated, six per cent will go through tunnels and only the remaining two per cent will be on the ground. India’s longest tunnel —21 km long – will be dug between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai, 7km of which will be under the sea.

India is reportedly considering another six potential high-speed rail corridors, including: Delhi-Chandigarh, Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysore, Delhi-Kanpur, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Mumbai-Goa, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Chennai-Hyderabad and Nagpur-Secunderabd. A dedicated High Speed Rail Training Institute will train about 4,000 technical staff of the bullet train project and the Japanese government has also offered training of Indian Railways officials in Japan. India will also get the safe Shinkansen technology but it would manufacture parts in the country under ‘Make in India’.



Arunachal Pradesh on rail map

Recent incursions by China into the Tawang tract and the new north-east policy of the government have collectively managed to connect Arunachal Pradesh with the rest of India vide rail. The same was made possible with the construction of India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge — the 4.94-km long Bogibeel bridge over Brahmaputra. Going forward, the government is also planning to replace meter-gauge tracks with broad guage in the North Eastern states. Location surveys have been initiated to connect Tawang, Aalo, Pasighat with broad gauge railway networks.



With 60 per cent of India slated to live in urban areas by 2050, our mobility solutions need a serious overhaul with metros forming a significant chunk of the solutions portfolio. Though expensive to construct, the government is keen to promote this model to meet the evolving needs of modern and sustainable growth.


Rapid Metro line in Gurgaon

The Rapid Metro line in Gurgaon built by Siemens as a turnkey project is a great example of an initiative designed to encourage people to choose public transportation over their cars. In a effort to reduce congestion on Gurgaon’s busy access road, Siemens built two metro lines, each one several kilometers long, to serve as feeders to Delhi’s main subway network. It was a complete package, comprising trains with depot workshop equipments, the electrification system and the signaling systems, all made by Siemens. The line transports 50,000 people every day and covers all of its costs through ticket sales. As Gurgaon continues to expand, the operators expect the number of passengers to go on growing. “In order to keep costs within bounds, we relied on an attractive and robust technology that is especially dependable,” Bernd Bonenberger, a local transportation expert at Siemens in Delhi explains. Today, 99.5 per cent of the trains are on time — and 93 percent of the more than two million passengers who travel on the Delhi Metro every day are satisfied with its punctuality as well. “The Delhi Metro is the only transportation system that operates reliably even during rain storms and flooding,” Bonenberger reports. In the greater Delhi region, Siemens not only built the subway line in Gurgaon that feeds into Delhi, but is also expanding the entire Delhi Metro subway system. Siemens is also providing the electrification technology for 115 kilometers of new subway lines.



Hindustan Construction Company AL FARA’A Group JV wins line 1 & 2 for Pune Metro

While metro Infrastructure company Hindustan Construction Company won another contract, worth Rs.484 cr, from Pune Metro for the construction of 8 stations on the east-west line. The contract comes two months after it reported a contract win for 9 stations in Line I. The contract has been won in consortium with the
AL FARA’A Group. The contract is for construction of eight elevated metro rail stations and runs from East to West. The second line is totally elevated and has 16 stations out of which 8 are being built by HCC. The work involves general and structural civil works of the station buildings and architectural & site development.This is the second order HCC has received from Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd for Pune Metro Rail Project.



First underground metro

Kolktata is all set to become the first in India to have the underwater metro rail tunnel connecting the east and west banks of the Hooghly. Afcons Infrastructure resumed construction of the twin tunnels of 2.9 kms each in September 2015. The project was stalled (for phase II between Sealdah and Howrah Maidan) in 2012 due to land acquisition and alignment issues. The tunnels are scheduled to be completed in 2020. According to company sources the project is on schedule and expect to complete the underground Howrah Maidan Metro Station by 2019 and the underground Howrah Station by 2020. The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd has appointed AECOM as their project management consultants and SYSTRA has been appointed by Afcons. In addition to this, Afcons carried out soil investigation work near the entire tunnel alignment, deploying floating barges and pontoons in the river portion. The company also conducted extensive condition surveys of the buildings in proximity to the alignment before carrying out tunnelling. Though the tunnel will not be constructed in any special manner that is different from the normal method of Metro tunnelling, certain criteria in the segmental lining have been adapted and as the scope of work involves tunnelling under water, certain additional operational precautions and checks are being implemented to prevent any untoward incident. The project is partly funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ministry of Urban Development.


In another underground project, Tata Projects Ltd completed the Lucknow Secretariat to Hazratgunj underground tunnel boring work for the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation. This was achieved in a seamless, disruption-free manner and in a short period of five months. The 812 metre-tunnel work was executed as an EPC project. This is part of the 3.67-km Lucknow Metro Rail Track project estimated to cost Rs.1,190 crore. Vinayak Deshpande, Managing Director, TATA Projects Ltd in a statement said, “Due to many heritage structures, the stretch was highly challenging. The daunting task was completed before time completion.”




Kumar Keshav, MD, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation said, “With this ‘breakthrough’, LMRC has achieved one of the biggest milestones in the form of completion of the first TBM drive in the construction of underground metro in Uttar Pradesh.”Under the project estimated to cost Rs.1,190 crore, Tata Projects will also construct three underground metro stations at Hussain Ganj, Sachivalaya and Hazratganj.


With shift in geopolitical balance of power, growing regional partnerships and demands of economic growth, India now has a greater voice in global affairs.


But this voice can only sustain its strength when it is fueled by strong economy facilitated by an inclusive and sustainable physical infrastructure. While introducing bullet trains and modernising ports today might look like far-flung projects, the investments in transport, irrigation, energy, information and communication technology will strongly influence the role our future generations play in the world order.

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