March 5, 2008

Delhi – Dehradun National Highway has been identified for 4 laning under National Highway Development Project (NHDP) Phase III on Build, Operate & Transfer (BOT) basis. Widening to 4 lane work in Meerut-Muzaffarnagar section is in progress and delayed due to initial problem regarding tree cutting & land acquisition and is targeted to be completed by March, 2009. Widening to 4 lane work in Muzaffarnagar-Haridwar section could not be awarded as only single bid was received and the same was cancelled. For re-bidding of this section, updation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) as per new Model Concession Agreement (MCA) as decided by Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC) is in progress.The Haridwar-Dehradun section is passing through Rajaji National Park and clearance is to be obtained from the Central Empowered Committee constituted by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. After clearance from Central Empowered Committee and PPPAC, bidding process is to be taken up for award of 4 laning work. This information was given by the Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Shri K.H. Muniyappa in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.  Source: http://pib.nic.in 

Hit the road: Infrastructure growth is revving up

February 29, 2008

The indian infrastructure story is just waiting to unfold. It is a foregone conclusion that the need for infrastructure to facilitate economic growth in India, both immediate and long-term , is ever more pressing. The growth rates witnessed in the Indian economy today are indicative of the change to follow —infrastructure has been expanding at an accelerated pace to support the economic growth rate of 9%. India’s infrastructure development has so far been predominantly financed publicly. The urgent need of the hour is an enhanced approach that would create a balance between public and private sector roles, complemented by transparent public policies. The Government has already taken many proactive measures such as opening up a number of infrastructure sectors to private players , permitting foreign direct investment (FDI) into various sectors, introducing model concession agreements and taking up projects such as the National Maritime Development Programme and National Highway Development Project, among others. The next four to five years will witness implementation of some key infrastructure projects such as additional power generation capacity of 70,000 MW; development of 16 million hectares through irrigation works; modernisation and redevelopment of four metro and 35 non-metro airports; six-laning 6,500 km of Golden Quadrilateral and selected National Highways. Focus will be on key infrastructure sectors of highways, ports, airports, railways and power. Having been part of the Indian infrastructure history, we at GVK have always believed that the key to developing a sustainable infrastructure in India is to build for the future. India will see an investment to the tune of $500 billion in infrastructure in the next five years. Coupled with government support, this investment will fructify in the form of key infrastructure projects to strengthen India’s cities. The next four years will bring a sea change in infrastructure and as a result, in another ten years, we will see the emergence of a new India. Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com

Reliance Energy Ltd(REL) to hive off infrastructure projects

November 12, 2007

NEW DELHI: In a bid to separate the power and infrastructure projects, Reliance Energy Ltd. (REL) has now decided to transfer all its infrastructure projects to a separate wholly-owned subsidiary.

The REL board had already given its approval to the proposal.

The move comes hot on the heels of REL deciding to hive off its power generation business as a separate company — Reliance Power Limited (RPL).

RPL has filed a draft red herring prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for an initial public cffering (IPO) of around Rs. 12,000 crore.

The decision to hive off infrastructure portfolio to a new subsidiary comes in view of the increasing portfolio of the company on this account in recent months.

REL is developing highways for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) under the build-own-transfer (BOT) scheme.

It is involved in five National Highway projects in Tamil Nadu, covering a length of 400 km at a cost of Rs. 3,100 crore. In addition, it is pursuing road projects, including the proposed Rs. 5,000 crore Western Freeway sea-link project connecting Worli and Nariman Point in Mumbai and the Rs. 6,000-crore Jaipur Ring Road project.

On the real estate side, the REL-led consortium had emerged as a winner for developing a business city in Hyderabad with an estimated investment of Rs. 6,500 crore. The city will be built in 77 acres, which will include a 100-storey trade tower. It has also bagged the metro rail project in Mumbai that involved the development and operation of a fully-elevated metro rail.

The total cost of the project is around Rs. 2,500 crore. It has also bid for line 2 of the Mumbai metro elevated track between Mankhurd and Charkop with an estimated investment of Rs. 6,500 crore. The company is also bidding for the Rs. 6,000 crore Mumbai trans-harbour link.

Source : The Hindu

New path or alleyway

October 12, 2006

Are contractual ‘innovations’ holding up the showpiece highway project?

It continues to be a slow trudge on the fast lane. Barely 35 per cent of the contracts for the North-South East-West corridor (NHDP-II) have been awarded. This lethargy in the awarding of contracts by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), under the UPA, is predictably bound to lead to long delays in the construction of the highway network across the country.

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