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New Delhi, May 4

THE Indian Railways' consultancy arm, RITES Ltd on Wednesday announced that it has bagged three contracts in road consultancy & construction supervision in Orissa totalling about Rs 294 crore.

They include Special Rural Connectivity Programme (SRCP) of Rs 211 crore, preparation of detailed project report and construction supervision of roads in Kalinganagar Industrial Area under Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa with a cost of Rs 60 crore and quality surveillance for construction of roads in Sundargarh district under Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd for Rs 23 crore.

RITES has also been engaged to provide services for SRCP in the Kalahandi, Balangir and Koraput) districts of the State.

The project aims at providing basic connectivity to unconnected habitations with population of 1,000 and above. "The cost of phase-I components of programme is estimated to be Rs 211 crore, which is likely to increase to Rs 840 crore," stated a RITES release. The project shall be completed within a period of three years involving reconstruction, new construction and rehabilitation of a total road length of approximately 1,200 km.

Another contract awarded to RITES entails the preparation of detailed project report and construction supervision of roads in Kalinganagar Industrial Area under Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa (IDCO).

IDCO plans to develop the Kalinganagar Industrial Area as `Steel City' (with total finished steel production of 16 million tones per annum) through private participation. Their immediate requirement is the common rail and road connectivity both for the plants and to the national network of transportation.

The assignment for RITES would be two parts - rail and highways. The 35-km road project has an estimated cost of Rs 60 crore and duration of 24 months.

The third contract bagged by RITES is for quality surveillance for construction of roads in Sundargarh district under Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd(MCL).

The Sambalpur-based MCL has awarded repeat order to RITES for providing consultancy services for quality surveillance and inspection for the work of widening and strengthening of road from Balinga to Taparia for a length of 24 km, at an estimated cost of Rs 23 crore and a project duration of 30 months.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated May 5, 2005)
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