NHAI awards Rs 2,815 cr project to GVK

August 18, 2011

With private companies growing interest in the road sector, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) today awarded a Rs 2,815 crore contract in Madhya Pradesh to infrastructure player GVK that will fetch it an annual premium of about Rs 190 crore for 30 years, more than the total project cost.

With this award, the income to NHAI would be over Rs 870 crore per annum from four projects which it bid out within last few days.

“We have successfully awarded Rs 2,815 crore project in Madhya Pradesh for four-laning of Shivpur-Dewas section to GVK Transportation. NHAI will get a premium of Rs 189.9 crore per annum on this for 30 years, with a provision of an increase of five per cent every year,” a senior Road Ministry official told PTI.

The 330 km-project will be built under phase IV of the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) on BOT (build, operate and transfer) basis on DBFOT (design, build, finance, operate and transfer) pattern.

GVK was selected out of 14 major bidders that included players like GMR, Gammon, Essar and Punj Lloyd, the official said, adding that the “contract was proposed to be bid out on 15 per cent viability gap funding (VGF).”

The development comes close on the heels of NHAI bidding out its first mega project — Kishangarh-Udaipur-Ahmedabad at Rs 636 crore annual premium for 26 years to Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure on July 29.

Further, the highway authority, which awarded projects worth over Rs 12,000 crore in the last four days, got about Rs 50 crore premium on Hospet-Bellary stretch in Karnataka and Orissa border-Aurang section.

Highways developers bid premium if they find the project lucrative; the private companies are confident that the toll revenue accruing to them would be more than their total cost.

Earlier, NHAI virtually used to provide grants on schemes to road developers to make the projects viable.

NHAI has announced to award 59 projects– involving 7,994 km, with a total cost of about Rs 60,000 crore– this fiscal.

India has a network of 3.3 million km roads out of which national highways constitute only 70,548 km. To augment it, the government plans to build 35,000 km of roads by 2014.

Source: business-standard.com

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