February 8, 2022

Infrastructure Makeover in Progress: Bundelkhand ExpressWay

Infrastructure Makeover in Progress: Bundelkhand ExpressWay

The 296 km long Bundelkhand Expressway is a 4-lane wide (expandable to 6) under-construction access-controlled expressway in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is the 4th currently under construction expressway in India’s most populous state.

An Expressway to a Significant Cultural and Pilgrimage Center, Chitrakoot:

While the state government of Uttar Pradesh announced the Bundelkhand expressway project in 2017, the foundation stone ceremony took place in February 2020 at the hands of the Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Bundelkhand Expressway will pass through 7 districts of Uttar Pradesh, i.e. (from north to south) Etawah, Auraiya, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Banda and Chitrakoot.

A Stellar Addition to an Ever-Impressive List of National Infrastructure Projects (NIP) in India:

The ambitious project will run a distance of 296 km. Its construction cost is estimated to be around INR 7,766 crores. The construction work is divided into six packages and awarded to 4 different contractors who will construct 4 railway-over-bridges (ROB), 14 major bridges, 268 minor bridges, 18 flyovers, 6 Toll Plazas, 7 ramp plazas and 214 underpasses. The real value add of the expressway will be the boost it will give to the cultural and religious tourism in the districts while also connecting some of the state’s most underdeveloped communities to the bustling National Capital Region (NCR).

Paving the Road to a Fast-Tracked Infrastructure Ecosystem in India:

Being built under the auspices of the National Infrastructure Pipeline, the Bundelkhand Expressway follows the recent trend of large infrastructure projects awarded on an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) model. The design, construction and handover of the complete expressway thus become the end-to-end responsibility of the contractors. 

There are two significant challenges for contractors, suppliers and vendors associated with the project. First, the far-flung and underdeveloped nature of the districts represents logistical nightmares for a stable supply chain of raw materials. Second, the expressway is a critical element of the Defense Corridor development in Uttar Pradesh. Delays in construction translate to rising costs for the contractors and the government alike.

A Digital Procurement Solutions Approach for New-Age Contractors

As one can imagine, a project of so many moving parts needs intense coordination in procurement and the supply chain of raw materials, consumables, and made-to-order manufacturing solutions. A single missing link in the chain results in labor inefficiency, time delays and a bloated budget. Some key takeaways for EPC companies, contractors and suppliers to usher in a transformation in crucial infrastructure projects:

  • Adopt a flexible, reliable and digital procurement solution to reduce the PR to PO cycle. A slight reduction in the time cycle can have a lasting impact on costs. 
  • Digital procurement enables end-to-end flexibility and transparency of the procurement chain, involving many materials like TMT bars, cement plates and ready mix concrete.

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