Shashin Pa­tel Sadb­hav En­gi­neer­ing Ltd.


Trans­port in­fra­struc­ture, which is ex­pected to im­prove the GDP growth of the coun­try, is our cur­rent fo­cus, says Mr. Shashin Pa­tel, Chair­man & MD, Sadb­hav En­gi­neer­ing Ltd, in an in­ter­view with Maria R.

How do you as­sess the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts over the last two years to bring in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment back on track?

I am very bullish on the gov­ern­ment’s fo­cus on In­fra­struc­ture projects. As a coun­try, we are still be­hind when it comes to ba­sic in­fra, as com­pared to other ge­o­graph­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally sim­i­lar coun­tries. The gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts are pretty com­mend­able. It can be clearly seen that all the new poli­cies are in­clined to­wards giv­ing the nec­es­sary boost to the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor.

Do we have the where­withal to step up road con­struc­tion from the cur­rent 22 km/day to 40 km/ day, and within the stip­u­lated time­frame?

We are talk­ing here about more than 80% in­crease in con­struc­tion out­put. Given the var­i­ous part­ner­ships with global com­pa­nies, we, as a group, are very well placed to adopt any

new tech­nol­ogy or process to gain such an in­crease in out­put. I have full con­fi­dence that given the proper sup­port from the gov­ern­ment, we can eas­ily meet any rea­son­able goals set by the ad­min­is­tra­tion. Our strength lies in our agile in-house pro­cesses and core project man­age­ment skills. This en­sures that we fin­ish all our projects be­fore time and with op­ti­mum qual­ity.

What is the cur­rent or­der book of Sadb­hav En­gi­neer­ing and ma­jor projects in hand?

The cur­rent or­der book of the com­pany’s con­struc­tion busi­ness is ₹7,800 crore. The road sec­tor is per­form­ing quite well. We have won seven new hy­brid an­nu­ity projects, namely Udaipur By Pass, Waranga to Ma­ha­gaon, BRT Tiger Re­serve Bound­ary to Ban­ga­lore, Ru­dra­pur High­way, Naini­tal High­way, Una High­way, Bhav­na­gar High­way and have even started ex­e­cut­ing a few, while work on the re­main­ing will com­mence soon. We’re also fo­cus­ing on metro projects and In­dian rail­ways as a large num­ber of projects are on track by both the au­thor­i­ties. Hence, there will be sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties for con­struc­tion work. We’re con­fi­dent of adding a num­ber of or­ders in FY18, and ex­pect to see a 15-20% jump over the FY17 busi­ness in the con­struc­tion sec­tor alone.

What are Sadb­hav En­gi­neer­ing’s plans for the next five years?

In­dia’s trans­port in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing el­e­vated growth rates on the back of in­creased gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment, es­pe­cially in roads, met­ros and rail­ways. At this point, we would like to main­tain our fo­cus on trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture projects. We want to give a world-class trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture, which will help in im­prov­ing the GDP growth of our coun­try. We have given our­selves an in­ter­nal rev­enue tar­get of ₹9,000 cr by FY-2020.

What mod­ern con­struc­tion prac­tices, tech­nolo­gies, and train­ing are im­parted to your work­force?

We are con­stantly track­ing the Amer­i­can and Euro­pean gi­ants, un­der­stand­ing best pro­cesses and new tech­nolo­gies that they are us­ing and adopt­ing the same in our organization. We are plan­ning on in­vest­ing in ma­chines (new tech­nolo­gies) for help­ing in the main­te­nances of SPVs – none of the lo­cal play­ers are do­ing the same. We have a very ac­tive in­ter­nal learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment team and we con­stantly send our em­ploy­ees to var­i­ous train­ing pro­grams, to keep them­selves up­dated with lat­est soft­ware and pro­cesses in our field of busi­ness.

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