L&T, IRB among 5 to bag Rs 11k cr road projects

February 23, 2008

NEW DELHI: L &T-ECC, Emirates Trading Agency-KMC Construction, IRB Infrastructure Developers-Deutsche Bank, IJM Corporation-IDFC Ltd and Isolux Corsan Concessions-Soma Enterprise have bagged five national highway projects worth Rs 10,912 crore.

The projects, part of the fifth phase of National Highway Development Project (NHDP), are the first one to be under the new model concession agreement.

Secretary (road transport and highways) Brahm Dutt said this at a media briefing on Friday.

Under NHDP V, a total of 6,500 km of existing four-laned national highway have to be widened to six lane through build operate and transfer basis.

Two projects aggregating to 148 km had earlier been awarded based on the old concession agreement.

In the earlier awarded two projects, grants used to be the bidding criteria and NHAI got an upfront negative grant of Rs 975 crore.

Under the new MCA, the concept of grant has been changed to revenue share model.
On the Delhi-Jaipur section of national highway eight, the wining consortium of Emirates Trading Agency and KMC Construction has quoted 48.06% as the revenue share for NHAI.

IRB Infrastructure in tie-up with Deutsche Bank quoted 38% for Surat-Dahisar section on national highway 8. For Chennai-Tada on NH 5 and Panipat-Jalandhar on NH 1, L&T-ECC have quoted 17.07% and Isolux Corsan, have quoted 20.14% as revenue share that the government will get out of tolling revenue.

“All the revenue share will start right from the appointed date within 180 days of signing of the agreement.

In only one case, where the traffic is low, the share of revenue will start at 2% after nearly four and half years,” said Dutt. Isolux Corsan-Soma Enterprise quoted the 2% revenue share for the Panipat-Jalandhar section.

As the existing highways are already under tolling by NHAI, toll collection by the private entrepreneurs will be integrated with the existing tolling infrastructure though there will not be any increase the tolling rates.

The five consortia will be required to furnish an additional performance security, the toll will be credited to an escrow sub-account, drawal from which is linked to the achievement of project milestones.

Source: dnaindia.com

Chennai’s Kathipara Flyover to be completed by Mar 30

February 16, 2008

The construction of the Kathipara Flyover in Chennai finally seems to be heading somewhere. Kathipara Junction is one of the busiest points of the city. It could be called the Gateway of Chennai. Almost all the traffic that comes from the airport has to pass through this point. So, in that sense it is the most important part of the city.

There was a flyover which was proposed in 2004 to bring down the congestion of traffic. The completion date was 2007. But it is still not complete and is delayed by almost one year. It is learnt from the National Highway Authority of India that within two months, the flyover will be in place and the traffic would be diverted from the airport to this flyover.

There are controversies surrounding the junction. The Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation was initially given the responsibility of this project. But because of the delay they were pulled out from it. The project also got stuck because of land acquisition problems. Some of the lands were supposed to be acquired from Defence, which they were not ready to vacate.

It is learnt from sources that they have still not vacated the land. That is why NHAI has to go for a complete change in the plan. But officials are saying that March 30 is the deadline and hopefully they will be completing it by then.

 Source: moneycontrol.com

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