Kerala agency bags 2 major expressway consultancy projects

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Kochi : State-owned technical consultancy KITCO Ltd, has bagged a major consultancy contract of two major expressways in Uttar Pradesh, a company official said on Wednesday.

The total cost of the two projects, the Gorakhpur Link Expressway and the Prayag Link Expressway including land acquisition would be Rs 25,000 cr and KITCO would earn a consultancy fee of Rs 10 cr.

These highways are being set up by the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) and the Kerala based KITCO after a tough competitive bidding secured the project.

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 Gorakhpur Link Expressway is to be developed as a green field four lane expressway (expandable to 6 lane) with a width of 110 metres and with a length of 88.48 km, while the Prayag Link Expressway is a four lane (expandable to 6 lane) covering a distance of 150 km and has a width of 110 metres.

"With KITCO bagging two prestigious expressway projects through competitive bidding, the organisation has demonstrated its capability for undertaking consultancy for road, bridges, seaports and airports to bigger infrastructure projects at the national level," said KITCO MD Cyriac Davies.

It had earlier this year bagged a 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.