March 9, 2022

Sunrise on the East: The Purvanchal Expressway Story

Sunrise on the East: The Purvanchal Expressway Story

The 340 km long Purvanchal Expressway is a 6-lane wide (expandable to 8) newly launched expressway in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is currently the longest expressway in India and part of the four connected expressway visions of the U.P Government.

A Lifeline for Commerce, Trade and Transportation for East U.P and Bihar:

The Purvanchal Expressway connects Chand Saray village near Gosainganj in Lucknow district with Haydaria village on Mohammadabad–Buxar highway (NH-31) in Ghazipur district. It passes through 9 districts of Uttar Pradesh, i.e. (from west to east) Lucknow, Barabanki, Amethi, Sultanpur, Ayodhya, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur. The expressway also includes a 3.2 km long airstrip for emergency landings at Akhalkiri Karwat in Sultanpur district. 

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

The entire project was split into eight packages awarded to 5 contractors. Apart from these contractors, two independent companies were chosen to design one half of the expressway. The total project value (including land acquisition) is upwards of INR 22000 crores. 

The total construction cost is around ₹11,216 crores. 22 Flyovers, 7 Railway-over-bridges (ROB), seven major bridges, 114 minor bridges, 6 Toll Plazas, 45 vehicular-underpasses (VUP), 139 Light VUP, 87 pedestrian underpass and 525 Box culverts have been constructed. 

Paving A Carrier of Development for India:

Government sources have dubbed the Puvanchal expressway as the ‘spine of development’ for Uttar Pradesh. The project’s sheer scale (the largest of its kind) brings a significant upgrade to the economically under-developed districts and towns of Eastern U.P and neighboring states. The government has also planned eight industrial hubs along the expressway to boost commerce and job creation further. 

The Purvanchal Expressway is an EPC-based project with multiple contractors. The seamless alignment of the contractors to the master design plan detailed by independent agencies was critical to the on-time completion of the project. While the second wave of the pandemic did introduce delays, the contractors and government were able to largely mitigate considerable delays in the launch. 

The addition of an airstrip to the design of the expressway added additional material, labor and quality benchmarks per DGCA compliance standards. 

A Digital Procurement Solutions Approach for New-Age Contractors

As one can imagine, a project of 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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