Kochi: KITCO Ltd, the premier technical consultancy organisation (TCO), has bagged two prestigious consultancy contracts for expressways being set up in Uttar Pradesh by Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) after a tough competitive bidding. The expressways are located in the respective parliamentary constituencies of Mr Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister and Mr Keshav Prasad Maurya, Deputy Chief Minister.
The scope of KITCO’s consultancy involves conducting topographic survey, alignment preparation and approval, detailed design, traffic survey, pavement design, land plan, structural design, forest, wild life clearance, environment impact assessment, preparation of detailed project report, bidding documents and model agreement.
The total cost of the two projects including land acquisition would be Rs 25,000 cr. KITCO would earn a consultancy fee of Rs 10 cr.
The Gorakhpur Link Expressway
The Gorakhpur Link Expressway Project falling with in the Parliamentary constituency of the Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath is to be developed as a green field 4 lane expressway (expandable to 6 lane) with a width of 110 metres and with a length of 88.48 km. The starting point of the expressway is 1.3 km from Underpass near Jaitpur at Gorakhpur Bypass (NH-27) and 3.7 km West from Gorakhpur-Mau intersection. It covers the districts of Gorakhpur, Ambedkar Nagar and Azamgarh. The endpoint is 8.3 km East from Shahganj-Akbarpur Road (SH-5) at Purvanchal Expressway.
The Prayag Link Expressway
The Prayag Link Expressway is a 4 lane (expandable to 6 lane) covering a distance of 150 km and has a width of 110 metres. The districts covered in the project are Lucknow, Barabanki, Raebareli, Amethi, Pratapgarh and Allahabad. Major rivers crossing the route are Amiliya and Sai. The expressway has 2 major bridges, 80 minor bridges, 2 rail-over bridges 3 interchanges and 5 flyovers. This expressway falls in the parliamentary constituency of Mr Keshav Prasad Maurya, Deputy Chief Minister. The starting point is the Atrampur URF Nawabganj in Allahabad District and the point is at Purvanchal Expressway near Jakhandi in Lucknow.
Both Gorakhpur Link Expressway and the Prayag Link Expressway will connect to the proposed Lucknow -Ghazipur Purvanchal Expressway being developed in EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction Mode).
The setting up of the 3 expressways will lead to the development of eastern Uttar Pradesh and provide high speed connectivity to West Uttar Pradesh and to national capital. UPEIDA had already developed 165 km Noida to Agra 6-lane Access Controlled Expressway known as Yamuna Expressway in PPP mode and India’s largest expressway, Agra to Lucknow Access Controlled Expessway (Greenfield) project. The proposed Purvanchal Expressway will be connected to the largest expressway thus enabling high speed connectivity between state capital and Delhi.
Both Prayag and Gorakhpur expressway projects will lead to reduction in travel time, new employment, business opportunities, reduction in accidents, pollution, development of local industry, agriculture, handicrafts, tourism and pilgrimage. Wayside amenities such as cyber cafes, fuel stations, eateries, shops, public conveniences, parking areas, dormitory, green belt, landscaping may be incorporated.
With KITCO bagging two prestigious expressway projects through competitive bidding, the organisation has demonstrated its capability beyond undertaking consultancy for road, bridges, seaports and airports to bigger infrastructure projects at the national level, according to Cyriac Davies, Managing Director, KITCO. “Earlier this year, we had bagged prestigious projects of Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) for setting up a Defence Systems Complex in Andhra Pradesh at a cost of Rs 195 cr. It had also bagged a contract for setting up Aero Engine Research and Development Center at HAL in Bangalore with a project cost of Rs 140 cr.”