July 10, 2013
28th June, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., PHD House, New Delhi
The Roads, Ports & Other Infrastructure Committee of PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry organized the ‘National Roads & Highways Summit- Opportunities, Issues & Solutions’ on the 28th of June, 2013 at PHD House, New Delhi. The Summit was attended by more than 150 distinguished delegates comprising of senior government officials from Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, National Highways Authority of India, Border Roads Organization; senior officials from Government aided organizations such as Central Road Research institute; senior officials from Embassies; senior officials from private infrastructure companies specializing in Roads & Highways such as Reliance Infrastructure, Gayatri Projects Limited, GMR, Srei Infrastructure Finance; consultants and professionals working in the roads sector; representatives from Industry; Media and many more.
The Chief Guest at the Summit was Mr. Gajendra Haldea, Advisor Infrastructure, Planning Commission, Govt of India.
A Research Report titled ‘A View Point of PHD Chamber and Infraline on Roads & Highways in India’ published by Infraline Energy, the Research Partner for the Summit was also released by the Chief Guest on the occasion.
Mr. Gajendra Haldea in his Keynote Address stated that introduction of PPP required restructuring of institutions but unfortunately the institutional framework has not been created even within NHAI. He further apprised the delegates that the Planning Commission is formulating a ‘Dispute Settlement Bill’ which will resolve disputes in road projects to a great extent.
Mr. Anil Swarup, IAS, Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat in his Special Address apprised the delegates that the Cabinet Secretariat has created a single Web portal for all project developers through which they can communicate their problems with regard to a particular Ministry.
Mr. Suman Jyoti Khaitan, President, PHD Chamber .in his Welcome Address emphasized the need to enhance the capacity as well as the quality of roads in the country. He urged the authorities to address the constraints in this sector on a priority basis.
Mr. Ashish Wig, Chairman, Roads, Ports & Other Infrastructure Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry in his presentation of the ‘Industry Perspective’ urged the policymakers to address the bottlenecks faced by the concessionaires with regard to highway projects.
The Summit had two Technical Sessions on ‘Financial & Contractual Issues in Roads & Highways’ and ‘Global Advances in Technology & Material’ where distinguished speakers from NHAI, Khaitan & Partners, SBI Capital Markets, CRRI as well as from Private Industry gave valuable suggestions for the roads and highways sector. The Summit also had two Panel discussions on ‘Environmental Clearances in Road/Highway Projects’ and ‘CEO’s & CFO’s Perspective on Project Execution challenges and Proposed Highway Regulator’s role’ which was addressed by CEO’s of Reliance Infrastructure, GMR, Gayatri Projects, Srei Infrastructure and Metro Infrasys. . Almost all the speakers and delegates felt the need for the regulator in the Roads and Highway Sector with full powers and accountability.
July 1, 2013
3-day strategic forum focused on incorporating asset management strategies into the life-span of bridges and tunnels to deliver world-class infrastructure networks
The 6th Annual Bridges Middle East Co-located with Tunnels Middle East is the region’s leading event dedicated to designing, planning, delivering and maintaining world-class bridges and tunnels, taking place this year from 11-13 November 2013 in Doha, Qatar. This international forum and exhibition will be dedicated toshowcasing state-of-the-art technology and methods for bridge and tunnel design, construction and maintenance. The summit offers a platform for all stakeholders within the bridge and tunnel project value chain, from planning and design, to construction and procurement, to maintenance and asset management, to discuss and and gain in-depth information about international best-practice methods for maximising the life-span of structures.
Topics to be discussed include:
- Delivering structures that align with Qatar’s National 2030 vision of developing a world-class infrastructure network
- Presenting updates on key bridge projects across the region
- Examining the focus on the future of Qatar by creating structures that are environmentally sensitive
- Minimising disruption for the public when constructing bridges and flyovers
- Building durable and sustainable structures which withstand Middle East conditions and optimise life cycle cost
- Meeting client expectations in relation to programme, budget, quality, durability and attractive structures
- Reviewing the required underground works for Qatar as it moves closer to the 2030 vision
- Addressing the durability of tunnels through in-depth analysis and accurate planning at the design phase
Benefits of attending:
- Network with industry experts from across the supply chain including government organisations, developers, architects, consultants, contractors, universities, institutes and solution providers to increase your knowledge of local and international projects
- Help your clients deliver bridge and tunnel projects which align with Qatar National Vision 2030
- Employ design and construction methods that help you to reduce costs whilst maintaining quality
- Adopt bridge and tunnel asset management strategies to optimize the life-span and minimise maintenance costs
Who you will meet at the 6th Annual Bridges Middle East, co-located with Tunnels Middle East:
You will have the opportunity to meet and hear from industry experts, including:
- National government agencies (transport, public works/planning authorities)
- Architectural firms
- Consultancy firms
- Material/technology suppliers
June 27, 2013
Effectively integrating Intelligent Transport Systems and safety measures to enable smarter use of transport networks
Following the success of the ITS and Road Safety Forum Qatar 2012, where global leaders in the ITS and road safety industry came together in Qatar to uncover the latest project updates and industry developments, we are pleased to bring the event to Qatar again for 2013. The 2012 forum was opened by HE Eng. Nasser Al Mawlawi, President of Public Works Authority, Ashghal, which was attended by more than 300 international and local executives who are shaping the future of ITS and road safety in the region.
With Qatar allocating approximately US$12.5 billion on improving and creating road networks, Qatar Public Works Authority, Ashghal is focussed on implementing sophisticated Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in order to provide a multimodal, safe, efficient and sustainable transport network. Qatar Public Works Authority, Ashghal have demonstrated their commitment to the delivery of safe road infrastructure through the integration of state-of-the-art technologies and transport systems and the launch of their ITS Masterplan project which will be delivered before 2017 and must include sustainable and adaptable solutions in advance of 2022.
Further to the ITS Masterplan, the Qatar National Road Safety Strategy which was recently launched, confirmed Qatar’s dedication to improving the performance and safety of Qatar’s road network. The ten year National Road Safety Strategy provides a long term vision to enhance road safety and reduce traffic accidents in Qatar. It aims at minimising the number of road accidents and reducing the annual road crash fatalities and serious injuries in the state. This will be covered in detail at this year forum which will be streamed into separate ITS and Road Safety streams.
ITS and Road Safety Forum Qatar 2013 will highlight key solutions to the latest challenges in the Middle East’s transportation and infrastructure industries, including;
- Adopting a holistic approach to ITS to ensure all networks operate efficiently
- Incorporating state of the art traffic management systems to improve levels of safety
- Enhancing communication networks to improve traffic flow and congestion
- Integrating ITS into public transport networks to offer a viable alternative mode of transport
- Delivering a world-class urban transport network which meets international standards.
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June 24, 2013
NEW DELHI: With plans of turning the ISBT Kashmere Gate area into an integrated transit terminal, the Delhi government has asked DIMTS (Delhi integrated multi-modal transit system) to come up with a plan to improve the movement of motorized and non-motorized or pedestrian traffic in the area .
“The integration of ISBT with the Delhi Metro, and later with the regional rapid transit system will lead to traffic at ISBT intersection. We need to streamline this traffic,” said a senior official.
The DIMTS plan is the first phase of the traffic management plan.”A long term proposal for multi-modal integration of the entire complex will be implemented by UTTIPEC later. That will provide seamless travel to commuters for interchanging modes and safe crossing of roads,” said the official. The first phase will look at smoother movement of vehicles and pedestrians on the Lala Hardev Sahai marg after retrofitting of the road. The project has been given approval by UTTIPEC, the umbrella transport body.
The traffic circulation plan was mooted some months ago when the chief secretary had visited ISBT for inspection when it was about to re-open after renovation. At the time, he had ordered a traffic study of the area. The traffic from Ring Road, ISBT flyover, Mahatma Gandhi Road and surrounding areas tends to converge in front of the ISBT.
Officials in the transport department admit that the traffic situation is dire at ISBT despite the crores spent on renovating the bus terminus, with matters set to become worse as the work on the Kashmere Gate Metro station also gets underway. The traffic situation is one reason why the RRTS (regional rapid transit system) project, which had one station in Kashmere Gate ISBT, has been denied approval by the CM, said officials.
“The vehicular traffic is very high here, as it’s an arterial road along with the traffic from the inter-state buses coming in,” said a department official.
June 18, 2013
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The Hazrat Nizamuddin-Shiv Vihar standard gauge corridor of the Delhi Metro, which is part of Phase III, will have a record number of sharp curves.”There are uneven twists and turns in this 25-km elevated corridor. So we have been forced to construct 14 curves on this stretch, which passes through highly congested areas of east Delhi such as Trilokpuri, Anand Vihar, Karkardooma, Welcome and Seelampur,” said a Delhi Metro spokesperson.
Curves with a radius between 200 and 300 meters are considered ‘sharp’ in urban rail construction. “The work on building sharp curves requires a great deal of engineering skills and several factors have to be kept in mind while designing special segments/spans at the turn concerned,” the spokesperson added.
The Hazrat Nizamuddin-Shiv Vihar corridor is a part of the 59-km-long Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar corridor.
June 17, 2013
(There is also a plan to establish a rail link between India and Myanmar, which will join Jiribam, Assam in India with Kalay in Myanmar. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
Nay Pyi Taw/Yangon: Japan has completed a feasibility study on the proposed $1.7 billion modernization of the Yangon-Mandalay railway link—a major attempt towards developing Myanmar’s railway transport infrastructure.
The rehabilitation contract for the 640km link will be given to Japanese companies because the study was funded by a grant from Japan, saidThura U Thaung Lwin, deputy minister in Myanmar’s rail transportation ministry.
Japan is also expected to provide a loan to fund the project.
In another development, the Myanmar government plans to set up manufacturing facilities for diesel locomotives and rolling stock such as coaches and wagons in the country by 2015 with China’s help.
“The twin facilities will be operational within three years. The tender has been completed and the contract will be awarded to a Chinese company,” U Thaung Lwin said in an interview. He didn’t name the Chinese firm.
These facilities will require an investment of $100 million. While 90% of the investment will be covered through the Chinese loan, 10% will be contributed from Myanmar’s annual budget. The diesel engines will be manufactured in Nay Pyi Taw, the Myanmar capital, and the coaches and wagons will be built in Mandalay.
Myanmar’s attempt to improve its creaky infrastructure hold out the promise of lucrative contracts for foreign companies as governments such as Japan try to leverage their aid and loan programmes to step up their economic engagement with the South-East Asian economy.
According to a report by consulting firm McKinsey and Co., Myanmar needs $650 billion of investment by 2030 to support economic growth. Of this, $320 billion is required in infrastructure.
Myanmar has a railway network length of 4,000km of tracks, with 926 stations and a fleet of 436 locomotives. The state-run system’s 412 trains lug 1,281 passenger coaches and 3,204 wagons.
Much of the railway network is old and in urgent need of modernization.
A planned Trans-Asian Railway link aims to connect the railway systems of 28 countries in Asia, and Europe.
There is also a plan to establish a rail link between India and Myanmar, which will join Jiribam, Assam in India with Kalay in Myanmar.
India is also a part of the road project that seeks to help establish connectivity from Moreh in India to Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar.
“Transporting by rail instead of truck from Myanmar to Shanghai would reduce the cost to four times that of sea freight compared with ten times,” said the McKinsey report.
“Our estimates of freight costs from Chennai to Shanghai via Myanmar by ship and by overland routes consist of the following elements: sea shipment from Chennai to Yangon at a rate of $0.003 per km per tonne, and land transport from Yangon to Shanghai by way of the Muse/Ruili border crossing at a rate of $0.05 for trucking and $0.02 for rail,” the report added.
Such connectivity will also help in the economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Trade between India and Asean was $76.3 billion in 2012-13 and is expected to increase to $100 billion by 2015.
“In the initial period during the development of our country, the rail network will be developed within our country. Going ahead in future, when our economy is developed, we will link up to neighbouring countries such as India, China and Thailand,” U Thaung Lwin said.
India has been involved in strengthening Myanmar’s railway infrastructure. Of a $500 million credit line extended to the Myanmar government by India, $155 million has been earmarked for developing railway infrastructure.
In a related development, a survey team from state-owned RITES Ltd has already conducted a feasibility study for the 250km link between India and Myanmar.
“This will be followed by a detailed feasibility report that will indicate the investment required for this project. What I have heard is that on the India side the terrain is very mountainous, so first you have to search for an appropriate rail alignment,” U Thaung Lwin said.
“On our side, it is much easier as most of the area is plain. The project’s execution depends on the funding for it. While we will put some investments from our side, the main funding will have to come from India,” he added.
This comes in the backdrop of joint working groups set up by Myanmar and India to determine the technical and commercial feasibility of cross-border rail links and shipping links. State-owned Shipping Corporation of India Ltd has already completed a feasibility study on a liner between the two countries. According to the study, running this service would result in a yearly loss of Rs.28 crore.
June 3, 2013
The marcus evans “2nd Annual Roads and Highways” will revolutionise innovative ideas by generating sustainable practices that is proven in the development of roads and highways around the world. In this year’s event, we will explore the experience and knowledge of government ministries and engineering professionals from across the globe to tackle the issue of road design, maintenance, Public Private Partnership (PPP), funding and road safety sectors. This highly interactive and information packed event will highlight global case studies from some of the finest and at the same time, delegates will learnt not just from the experts who have the on-the-job experience necessary to provide real insight, but also from peers via invaluable networking opportunities throughout.
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May 20, 2013
PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry is organising “National Roads & Highways Summit” on 28 th June, 2013 at PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, New Delhi.
This Summit is proposed as an interactive and thought leadership event, where industry leaders share their thoughts and perspectives on the opportunities, risks, issues and challenges in the development of road and highway projects in India. Given your extremely active role in the roads and highways sector in India, we think that it may be informative and constructive for you to participate in this Summit.
Dr. Tushar A Chaudhury, Minister of State, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Govt. of India has been invited to be the Chief Guest at the Summit.*
The Summit will have five distinct sessions: Inaugural Session, Financial & Contractual Issues in Roads & Highways, Global Advances in Technology & Material, Environmental Clearances in Road/Highway Projects & CEO’s & CFO’s Perspective on Indian Roads & Highways Scenario followed by Networking Cocktail.
The Summit brings together large number of delegates from Industry, government, decision makers and influencers as well as technical experts and professionals from leading companies involved in Project Development, Contractors / Concessionaires, Road operators, Road Development agencies, Consultants, Advisors, Road products and Service Providers, Technology providers, EPC & Construction Companies, Equipment Providers, Toll Plaza Operators, O&M, Road Safety Equipment Providers, Legal Firms, Bankers & Financial Institutions and many more.
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May 20, 2013
Bank of America Corp., the second largest US lender by assets, has started to shift a small part of the projects it had awarded to India’s software companies to local firms or its own centres to ward off political backlash against jobs being outsourced to India. Bank of America,
which has given contracts worth millions of dollars to companies such as Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) and Infosys Ltd—India’s top two software exporters—as well as Accenture Plc, will bring back some of its information technology (IT) projects to service providers in the US or to their own centres, according to at least two people familiar with the development, who requested anonymity.
The move comes at a time when North American and European clients of India’s $108 billion IT industry are cutting spending on technology because of economic headwinds. For the year ended 31 March, Indian software exports revenue grew by 10.2%—the slowest since the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008 triggered a global financial meltdown. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank joins the ranks of other large American corporations, including General Motors Co. and American Express Co., that have recently moved projects back to their own centres. The companies are sending jobs back to US to fight criticism over outsourcing in the US and in response to rising labour and infrastructure costs in India.
American Express, which has resumed most of its projects with Indian vendors, had temporarily halted outsourcing projects to software vendors in India last year, due to disruptions caused in its US operations by Hurricane Sandy. “There’s a growing feeling that not all work should be moved offshore. Many companies are starting to believe that not all work should be going to a talent factory,” said one of the people mentioned above. Some of the projects are being sent to centres owned by the companies in India.
“Some banks have really well-run captives (in India), with a cost base that is way lower than third parties. They have a much stronger ability to drive productivity in house than through third parties. They’re doing it incrementally, but to great effect,” said the same person. Bank of America did not respond to emails seeking comment last week and on Monday. India’s top IT firms, including TCS and Infosys, declined to comment, citing client confidentiality. Last year, General Motors, which had contracts worth billions of dollars with Indian and multinational service providers, announced that nearly 90% of its IT works would be done by in-house staff in three-five years. American Express had also temporarily halted projects to software vendors in India last year.
In 2002, Bank of America first signed outsourcing agreements with TCS, Infosys and Accenture, according to data provided by outsourcing advisory firm Everest Group. The company also signed contracts with Aon-Hewitt and Hewlett-Packard Co. owned Electronic Data Systems in 2004. To be sure, this move is not a sign that large clients such as Bank of America and American Express are bringing back their entire IT operations back in-house, like General Motors did last year. “They (clients) are not going to bring everything or big chunks back, but it will be a small part that they’re going to bring in-house,” said Ben Trowbridge, chief executive of outsourcing advisory firm Alsbridge Inc.
He declined to comment on whether Bank of America was bringing projects back in-house, but noted that Bank of America was one that had heavily advertised on hiring more people for their IT operations in the US. “Offshore outsourcing is becoming more expensive as the cost of labour in countries like India continues to rise. Also, attrition and movement between companies continues to happen and is growing,” said Debashish Sinha, chief marketing officer at Systems In Motion, a US-based software services provider. “Overall cost of offshoring has gone up…what companies are seeing is a structural shift in the way IT gets delivered with a lot of the infrastructure moving to the cloud.” Banks and financial services companies are also cutting spending on IT, which experts feel might hurt future revenue growth prospects for Indian companies. “Companies like GM, Procter and Gamble, Bank of America, AmEx—they’re not moving everything, they’re starting to move more of it though,” said the first person, who requested anonsSymity.
May 20, 2013
Road traffic issues in two major towns in Malappuram are all set to be resolved soon. The ROB at Parappanangadi will be thrown open for traffic on June 8. On the same day, the foundation stone will be laid for the rail overbridge (ROB)
at Angadippuram on NH 213. The construction of the bridge at Parappanangadi began in June, 2010 and the Roads and Bridges Development Corporation (RBDC) had planned to complete the work within 14 months. But the works was delayed mainly due to technical issues regarding receiving permission for the works from the Railways. Land acquisition for the ROB at Angadippuram was also delayed while it waited for technical sanction from the Railways.
The seven metre wide Parappanangadi overbridge has a total length of 565 metres and has been constructed at an estimated cost of 13.5 crore. The bridge is expected to resolve traffic congestion, which is a major issue that has plagued travelers since the Chamravatton Regulator-Cum-Bridge was opened. The traffic woes of Angadippuram town is also expected to be resolved once the ROB turns into a reality. The estimated cost of the two-lane ROB is Rs 12 crore and the work will be completed using funds from the state government.
The estimated cost of the two-lane ROB is Rs 12 crore.