Hyderabad Metro Rail, the latest addition to the growing list of prestigious L&T-built projects, was declared open on November 28, 2017, by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. Present on the occasion were the Governor of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Shri E.S.L. Narasimhan, Chief Minister of Telangana Shri K. Chandrashekar Rao, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister for IT, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Govt. of Telangana, Shri. K.T. Rama Rao and other dignitaries. Accompanying them were Mr. S.N. Subrahmanyan, CEO & Managing Director, L&T, and Chairman, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd., and Mr. Shivanand Nimbargi, MD and CEO, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd.
The Hon’ble Prime Minister and the dignitaries took a maiden ride between Miyapur and Kukatpally stations to mark the official launch of the first phase of Hyderabad Metro - the 30 km-long section between Miyapur and Nagole, covering 24 stations.
An audio-visual screened at the event and a photo exhibition highlighted L&T’s role in bringing this ambitious project to life to transform Hyderabad and the way it commutes. L&T showcased the engineering aspects of the project, including the steel bridge at Oliphanta and Ameerpet station. Hyderabad Metro Rail is the world’s largest public-private partnership project in the metro sector.
In addition to flagging of the metro service, the Hon’ble Prime Minister launched ‘TSavaari’, a travel itinerary organizer app which is a free online, local travel management app that will assist and guide commuters across locations in Hyderabad using a host of transport options and is designed to cater to the everyday travel needs of commuters. A user-friendly website https://www.ltmetro.com was also launched by the Prime Minister on the occasion.
L&T’s AL Batinah Expressway achieved a major milestone by opening a vital 27 KM stretch from the Wilayat of Saham to Sohar segment on November 1, 2017 under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Salim Al- Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communication, Oman. A significant stretch passing through the Saham to Sohar region, it comprises two interchange bridges. The opening of the segment is expected to smoothen traffic in and around the Saham region. Mr. Shrinath Rao, VP & Head - Transportation BU, Middle East, Mr. G. R. Ranganath Chief Executive - L&T, Oman LLC, Mr. C.R. Lakshman CFO - L&T, Oman LLC, and Mr. M. Ramesh, Project Director, received Dr. Al- Futaisi on the occasion.
The opening ceremony was also graced by a ministerial delegation, various dignitaries and representatives of Saham, consultants and executives from L&T Oman. The Ministerial delegation included H.E. Eng. Salim Bin Mohammed Al Nuaimi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Transport & Communications, H.E. Sheikh Mohana bin Seif Al Lamaki,, Governor of North Batinah, H.E. Sheikh Ali bin Mansoor Al Busaidi, Wali for Wilayat of Saham, H.E. Sheikh Hammood Abdullah Suliman Al Busaidi, Sheikh of Wilayat Flaij.
The minister along with all the officials travelled the entire 27 KM stretch of the expressway and expressed satisfaction on the quality of the work. He congratulated the project team on achieving this milestone. Batinah Expressway Project – Package 4 includes a 50.54 Km long 4-lane dual expressway from Hafeet to Sohar involving the construction of two Interchange Bridges, five Wadi Bridges, four overpasses, two underpasses and 196 culverts.
The Riyadh Metro team achieved yet another milestone recently by completing the erection of eight canopies of the elevated stations with the final piece installed at the 3C2 station on November 18, 2017.
The elegantly designed steel spaces are perched on the station platform sections portraying the shape of three birds flying from the side view. Weighing 145 MT with an overall roof dimension measuring 90 m in length and 16.4 m in width, it is a double cantilever two span canopy (15 m + 30 m + 30 m + 15 m). The total area of canopy structure is divided into 1374 triangles and they are cladded with perforated aluminum panels.
ANM Consortium is the first to successfully complete the canopies across all elevated stations. Mr. T. Srinivasan, EVP & Head – Riyadh Metro project congratulated Mr. J.K. Shivaraj – GM & Head, Elevated Section and Mr. H.D. Kumta – JGM & Head, Elevated Stations for their meticulous planning and execution that enabled completion of this milestone. Engineers from the top management and ANM Consortium also appreciated the site team for realizing this feat.
L&T added one more benchmark to its list of illustrious metro projects when DMRC’s new magenta line from Kalkaji Mandir (Delhi) to Botanical Garden (U.P) was declared open by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on December 25, 2017. Present on the occasion were the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath and Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik. DMRC’s Managing Director Dr. Mangu Singh, accompanied the dignitaries on a maiden ride from Botanical Garden Station to Okhla Bird Sanctuary.
The stretch from Kalkaji Mandir – Botanical garden is the first major milestone under DMRC Phase-III involving 3 packages for L&T after the inauguration of Badarpur – Escorts Mujesar (Line-06) section & Jahangirpuri – Samaypur Badli (Line-02) section. Transportation Infrastructure and Power Transmission & Distribution ICs executed significant packages of this metro section with TI IC involved in packages CE-07 & CE-08 while PT&D IC steered the execution of CE-07, CE-08 & CE-09 jobs. The entire commissioned metro corridor runs a length of 12.64 km encompassing nine stations and one depot with Kalkaji Mandir being the only underground station.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt. Amarinder Singh along with the Hon’ble Power Minister, Mr. Rana Gurjit Singh in the presence of Mr. Sanjiv Puri, CEO & Executive Director, ITC, inaugurated ITC’s Integrated Food Manufacturing and Logistics Facility (IFML) at Kapurthala, Punjab, on December 14, 2017. Mr. Puri appreciated the Project Team on the speedy construction and successful completion of the project. Speaking about the facility he noted that IFML Kapurthala is ITC’s first big plant in the country to have been completed in the shortest time span with utmost safety and quality.
Senior Executives from L&T who graced the occasion included Mr. Niranjan Simha, EVP, Head – RB&F SBG, Mr. T. Sriraman, BU Head – Factories, Mr. Arun Kumar Tripathi, CPM – Factory DLCL, and Mr. S K Gill, Project Manager, IFML Project.
The facility is spread over 72 acres and has built-up area of 1.5 Million sq ft. catering to aata plant, snacks plant, beverage plant & biscuit plant along with the utility buildings. The facility will manufacture ITC’s popular food brands such as ‘Aashirvaad’ aata, ‘Bingo!’ chips, ‘Sunfeast’ biscuit, ‘YiPPee!’ noddles and ‘B Natural’ juices, among others.
The people of Lucknow can now look forward to brighter tomorrows as through the R-APDRP scheme significant power infrastructure revamp is being initiated with the latest achievement being the commissioning of a 33/11 kV 2x5 MVA new substation executed by PT&D IC. The same was inaugurated by Er. Arun Pratap Singh, Managing Director-MVVNL and Er. Ashutosh Kumar, Chief Engineer, LESA-MVVNL on December 27, 2017, at Janaki Puram, Sec-I, Rahimnagar, Lucknow. The milestone was achieved in a record time of 115 days by team L&T, led by Mr. A K Srivastava, Cluster Operations Head- Lucknow and Mr. Sandeep Amin, Project In-Charge, R-APDRP, Lucknow. The client – MVVNL, specially acknowledged the efforts put in by L&T for accomplishing this vital power infrastructure within a very short period.
Under the Restructured Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Program R-APDRP (Part-B) many gains are envisaged which includes system improvement, strengthening and augmentation of distribution system for bringing down AT&C Losses, improving consumers Supply and SCADA compatibility of Lucknow town. L&T scope of work covers an area of 360 Sq.m across 9 Circles involving construction of 8 Nos 33/11kV New Substations, 174 Km of 33 kV UG Cable, 165 Km of 11 kV Cables & Lines, 510 Nos New Distribution Transformers, Renovation & Modernization of Existing 80 Nos of 33/11kV Substations, Renovation & Modernization of Existing 559 Nos of 11/0.433 kV Distribution Substations, Replacement of 904 km of existing LT Lines by AB Cable, 104 Nos 11 kV Capacitor Banks, 1320 Nos of LT Capacitor Banks etc.
In its bid to offer advanced facilities for operator training, L&T Construction & Mining Machinery has installed a Komatsu WD600-3 Wheel Dozer mining simulator at its Nagpur Service Centre. The installation makes the Nagpur service centre CMB’s third location to have the useful facility. Its service centres at Kanchipuram and Durgapur have already been equipped with simulators for hydraulic excavators, dump trucks and Scania tipper trucks.
The simulator was inaugurated by Mr. Arvind K. Garg, Executive Vice-President, Construction and Mining Machinery Business, L&T and Mr. M. Kamizono, Managing Director, Komatsu India Private Limited on September 14, 2017. Also present on the occasion were Mr. Arun Pai, General Manager-Product Support, L&T, Mr. Y. Fujii, General Manager-Parts, KIPL and Mr. Takashi Matsumoto, Team Manager-Construction & Mining Equipment Team, Komatsu Ltd., along with other senior executives from Komatsu and L&T. This simulator has been developed indigenously with technical inputs by L&T application engineering team. Featuring motion seating and actual controls, the simulator gives operators a real feel of Wheel Dozer. The simulator is capable of creating different types of work environments including day, night, rain, and foggy conditions to fully equip trainees. It also allows for fault injection and caution lamps to be actuated so as to check the alertness and reaction of trainee operator. Portable simulators of excavator and dump truck were also on display during the inauguration event.
The setting up of the simulator facility for Wheel Dozer augurs well even as coal companies begin to increase the offtake for these machines deployed actively in mining operations.
The first phase of the bridge across Rua de Ourem Creek, Goa, was inaugurated on December 13, 2017, by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar G Parrikar, in the presence of, Shri Deepak C Prabhu Pauskar, Chairman GSIDC, Shri Sidharth Kuncalienker, Vice Chairman, GSIDC, Mr. R Ranganathan – GM & Head Operations (Nuclear and Special Bridges BU, HCIC), Mr. Arvind R Nerurkar – Project Manager and project team.
The bridge is a unique structure with 4.8% longitudinal gradient and 2.5% unidirectional camber with latest construction technology. It is merely 250m away from current, third Mandovi River Cable Stay Bridge under construction. The 103 m long continuous bridge will be major entry and exit to Panjim, the capital of Goa.