Afcons Infrastructure Ltd. wins Rs 938 Crore Kolkata Metro order
· Order includes Design and Construction of Underground Metro from Howrah Maidan station to Central Station
· 1st time in India a Transportation Tunnel Project running 20 Meter below a River
Mumbai, March 22th , 2010: Afcons Infrastructure Ltd. (Afcons), the infrastructure arm of Shapoorji Pallonji Group, has bagged Rs 938-crore projects from the Kolkata Metro Corporation through competitive bidding. This project is to be completed in four years time.
Mr. Ramakrishna V Ramanan, Director Transportation Afcons Infrastructure Limited, said, “We are very happy to get ourselves associated with the Kolkata Metro Corporation through this order and our skill-set and engineering expertise will be on display once again in executing critical infrastructure projects such as Metro Rail in the development of the nation.” “The project includes Design and Construction of Underground Metro from Howrah Maidan station to Central Station which is a part of East West Metro Project in Kolkata”, He said.
Mr. Ramakrishna V Ramanan further said, “This is the 1st time in India a Transportation Tunnel Project is running Approx. 20 m below a River, and hence challenging. This project will be a boon to commuters travelling from Howrah to Kolkata City”. “Latest technologies will be used in the construction of this under river link and will go a long way in boosting the transportation infrastructure of Kolkata City”, He added.
Afcons Infrastructure Limited in a Joint Venture with a Russian company namely Transtonnelstroy Limited has bagged this prestigious contract which comprises of three underground stations at Howrah Maidan and Mahakaran respectively, one Crossover at Howrah Maidan and Twin Bored tunnels using earth pressure balancing machine which is essentially a tunnel boring machine in soft soil. Length of tunnel: Twin Bored Tunnel: 2954 m and approximately 520m is under the river Hooghly.
Afcons Infrastructure Ltd. (Afcons), the flagship infrastructure, construction and civil engineering company of the Shapoorji Pallonji group, has an experience of five decades in construction industry. Its portfolio of completed projects comprises a wide variety of infrastructure projects in India. Afcons has successfully executed more than 170 structures along the Indian coastline. It has also successfully completed more than 115 bridges, flyovers, viaducts, two LNG storage tanks, underground Metro and 24 kilometers of elevated train corridors and has executed 2,700 lane kilometers of road works. Afcons has also successfully completed and are currently engaged in execution of projects through its international firms Afcons Construction Mideast LLC(Dubai) and Afcons Infrastructure International Ltd (Mauritius) in Middle East and Africa respectively. Among the Infrastructure and the construction companies it is known to cultivate the culture of completing projects on or ahead of schedule and also holds the recognition of being a Government recognized Export house.278