Bogibeel bridge´s cost may escalate by Rs 300 crore: HCC

Bogibeel bridge´s cost may escalate by Rs 300 crore: HCC

The cost for constructing girders of India´s longest rail-cum-road bridge at Bogibeel over Brahmaputra in Assam, by a HCC-led consortium, is likely to escalate by over Rs 300 crore, mainly due to expansion and delay of the project.

´The joint venture received the contract for Rs 987 crore in November 2011 to construct 36 spans or girders. Now the design has been modified with requirement of 41 spans. The total cost to construct the entire superstructure will now be around Rs 1,300 crore,´ HCC Project In-Charge (Bogibeel Bridge) Santosh Kumar Misra said. Hindustan Construction Company owns 51 per cent stake in the JV, where Germany-based DSD Brouckenbau has 20 per cent and VNR Infrastructure has 29 per cent holdings, building the girders or superstructure. The 42 sub-structures or the piers of the massive bridge are being constructed by Gammon India, which is also alleged to be carrying out the work at a slow pace.

´The earlier timeline given to us for opening the entire project to public was November 2015, but it has been delayed due to various factors. Now we will complete our work by December 2016 and the bridge will be opened for public by June 2017,´ Misra said.

´The first span was launched in April 2014 and so far we have rolled out 10 units on the river. Another 10 spans are being prepared to launch by this month. We are now planning to deliver two spans every month,´ he added.

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