L&T has completed the last phase of the Expo 2020 Road network in Dubai aimed at ensuring safe and smooth transport of visitors to the international event schedule in October this year.
In preparation for the World Expo, the Roads & Transport Authority of host city Dubai had set a master mobility plan by developing a wide network of roads and bridges. Out of the six network projects, L&T had bagged the contracts for two - R1048/1 and R1048/5. Located at one of the busiest highway intersections in Dubai and with the presence of live critical utility lines, the projects were extremely challenging.
Running against a stiff deadline, L&T kick started the construction in July 2017. The first project, R1048/5, was completed in October last year; the second project, R1048/1, was homed in on 14 February. In all, L&T has taken only 32 months to deliver.
The development has increased the capacity of Shaikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road from 8,000 to 60,000 vehicles per hour, while reducing the transit time from Al Houdh Interchange to Al Maktoum Airport to a meagre six minutes from what was 35 minutes earlier. This apart, the new road network has also provided a direct exit from the Expo venue to Shaikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road northwards of Dubai.
The L&T team behind the milestone was led by Project Director Mr Wael Mohamed Abouelfetouh Hosny and team with the key players being Mr Jayan Chacko Ipe, Mr Yogesh Bramhankar and Mr Amit Janardan Thorat.
Madhepura in Bihar has got a state-of-the-art health facility christened the Jannayak Karpuri Thakur Medical College & Hospital. At the behest of the state government, it has been constructed by Larsen & Toubro.
The new medical college is spread over a sprawling 25 acres campus and has a built-up area of 1.42 million Sqft. It has 3-star GRIHA project rating. The 500-bed hospital is one of the biggest hospitals in eastern India and will offer tertiary health care to the people of Madhepura and adjoining districts.
Bihar Chief Minister Mr Nitish Kumar inaugurated the hospital on 7 March in the presence of several of his Cabinet colleagues, senior government officials and a 6,000-plus strong audience.
L&T was represented by Mr Niranjan Simha, EVP and Head - Commercial Building & Airports, Mr V Sukumar Hebbar, VP & Head - Health & IT Office Space), Mr Ajoy Bhattacharyya, VP & Head - Operations East, Mr M Arunagiri, Cluster Project Manager, Jharkhand, and Mr Subhasish Dutta, Project Manager, GMCH Madhepura.
By now, there’s hardly a sports buff who doesn’t know that Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi and US President Mr Donald Trump inaugurated the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad in Gujarat in the month of February.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium is its official nomenclature but it is popular as Motera Stadium. Many also know that India’s largest engineering and construction company, Larsen & Toubro, is the one that has built this magnificent structure for the Gujarat Cricket Association.
But beyond this, there are a lot of interesting facts as regards the construction and unique features of the stadium. Ask Mr M V Satish, Whole-Time Director & Sr EVP - Buildings, Minerals & Metals at L&T, and he can’t stop sharing the tale.
“This has been one of our most challenging projects that involved the erection of 9,000+ precast elements. Some of the precast elements weighed as much as 285 MT,” he says. It has taken the Buildings & Factories arm of L&T Construction 20 million safe man-hours and four years to complete the stadium. The task included demolishing the old stadium that stood at the site.
There are several unique features that distinguishes Motera Stadium from other sports facilities, not only in India but in the world. First among them is that each and every seat in the stadium offers an unhindered view of the field of play, which is something that every sports buff wants.
Next, clusters of LED lights have been placed on the roof of the stadium in such a way that they will not cast multiple shadows of the players during a day-night match or when the sky is overcast during a day match. The stadium also happens to be a water and energy efficient green construction.
No wonder, the L&T CEO & MD, Mr S N Subrahmanyan, is overjoyed by the feat. “The world’s largest stadium is perhaps the best gift to a cricket-crazy nation. As builders of the nation, we are in the business of building the largest, the tallest, the smartest and the most complex of structures, and Motera Stadium will count as one of our most challenging successes,” he sums up.
L&T’s Metallurgical & Material Handling (MMH) Strategic Business Group has commissioned a state-of-the-art hot strip mill at the Central PSU, SAIL, in Rourkela.
The new hot strip mill has a built-in capacity of 3 million ton per annum. The top-notch quality products to be rolled out from the new facility will add value to the product-line of the Rourkela Steel Plant.
The first coil rollout from the hot strip mill was successfully achieved on 31 January at 7.42 pm. The feat came with support from the in-house Engineering Design and Research Centre and other associates. Mr Anupam Kumar, VP & Head-MMH SBG, congratulated all those involved in the project.