The Fast Lane to Growth

NBM&CW - - CASE STUDY - Kshi­tish Nadgauda, Se­nior VP & MD, Louis Berger, Asia

Louis Berger’s work on the Vi­jayawada-Chi­lakaluripet High­way re­sulted in a thor­ough­fare to meet In­dia’s boom­ing de­vel­op­ment.

When the Na­tional High­ways Au­thor­ity of In­dia (NHAI) last widened the Vi­jayawadaChi­lakaluripet High­way in the early 2000s, the coun­try was at the be­gin­ning of its ex­po­nen­tial eco­nomic growth. Since then, the na­tion’s GDP has more than tripled. Bol­stered by am­bi­tious gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives, pow­er­ful growth in in­dus­trial man­u­fac­tur­ing, and a pop­u­la­tion that com­prises 22% of the global work­force, In­dia’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment has de­manded a frenzy of ac­tiv­i­ties to mod­ern­ize the coun­try’s in­fra­struc­ture. Ex­pan­sion and restora­tion of the coun­try’s na­tional high­way sys­tem is chief among these needs.

In­dia’s net­work of na­tional high­ways forms the back­bone of the coun­try’s trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture; while the na­tional high­way net­work com­prises less than 2% of the to­tal road­way net­work in In­dia; it car­ries roughly 40% of the ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic. In De­cem­ber 2016, the Min­istry of Road Trans­port & High­ways an­nounced the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tion to more than dou­ble the length of the na­tion’s high­ways from 96,000 to 200,000 kilo­me­ters through the NHAI and Na­tional High­ways In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (NHIDCL). These ef­forts will be de­signed to keep pace with the coun­try’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and ex­po­nen­tial eco­nomic growth, as the num­ber of ve­hi­cles in In­dia has been grow­ing steadily by roughly 10% each year over the last five years. As of June 2017, the rate of con­struc­tion of new high­ways in In­dia has been 23 kilo­me­ters per day.

How­ever, while the NHAI and NHIDCL are fo­cused on con­struct­ing new high­ways to meet the grow­ing in­fra­struc­ture de­mand of the coun­try, they have also rec­og­nized the need to ex­pand and mod­ern­ize ex­ist­ing high­ways, in­clud­ing in the state of Andhra Pradesh, lo­cated on the south-eastern coast of In­dia and home to more than 50 mil­lion peo­ple. While the eighth largest

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