KNR Constructions completes NHAI project in record time

April 19, 2012

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad-based construction firmKNR Constructions has completed the Bijapur-Hungund toll road of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) nearly 11 months ahead of schedule and claimed it a record in the history of Indian highways.

The four lining of 97.22 kilometres of road project, valued at Rs 905.5 crore, was completed in 582 days as against the scheduled duration of 910 days.

NHAI had awarded the project on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis to a special purpose vehicle of Sadbhav Engineering, which in turn awarded the project to KNR Constructions, an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contracting firm.

“The primary motivation to complete the project much ahead of schedule was the attraction of earning a bonus of Rs 16 lakh per every single day of early completion. In the process, we ended up with earning a bonus of around Rs 50 crore for early completion,” Executive Director K. Jalandhar Reddy told ET.

As a part of achieving the target, he said, the company has paid additional compensation to the land owners towards expeditious land acquisition, apart from deploying modern imported construction equipment and adopting best sourcing and keeping a strong supply chain of raw material.

“Most of the concessionaries are bagging the road projects these days at very thin margins owing to aggressive bidding and early execution of projects by EPC contractors will significantly help them improve their financials,” said Reddy.

Further, he said in the backdrop of not securing BOT road projects from NHAI owing to not so aggressive bidding strategy, KNR will now focus largely on EPC road contracts and help the BOT players with its strong execution skills.

KNR, with Rs 1,051 crore revenue last fiscal, now has an order book of Rs 3,396 crore comprising of Rs 3,253 crore of road EPC contracts, said Reddy.



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