Vinod Kumar Agarwal, MD, GR Infra
Vinod Kumar Agarwal, MD, GR Infra, discusses the factors that led to successful execution of two of their most prestigious projects, particularly the machines and after-sales support provided by AMMANN India.

GR Infra is positioned as a strong EPC player in the road construction segment. Please elaborate on the success factors of your company.
GR Infra Projects Ltd has been executing EPC projects for over 20 years. These projects are mainly construction and development of state and national highways, bridges, culverts, flyovers, airport runways, and rail over bridges. We have executed more than 100 projects in the last 12 years.

Since inception, we have focused on the roads EPC sector, which has given us a distinct advantage of mitigating risks associated with the dynamics of the road construction sector, while simultaneously establishing our credentials as an EPC player capable of implementing a variety of road construction projects that involve varying degrees of complexity. We believe that our focused approach will enable us to tap future market opportunities and expand into new markets. Our technical experience and attractive pricing will be the critical factors in enabling us to compete with other players in this industry.

Please name some of your recent/ important projects.
We have executed projects across diverse geographic locations in India with varied degrees of complexities like construction in high traffic and high-density areas, construction of tunnels in hilly terrains with slope protection and rock fall protection due to high rainfall. Our projects in Jharkhand and Meghalaya provided us the valuable experience of working in rough terrains.

Our ongoing projects comprise of 23 road EPC projects across the states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, and Madhya Pradesh.

The 6-laning of Handia-Varanasi section of NH-2 in Uttar Pradesh under NHDP Phase-V on Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM) is a significant and prestigious project because it is the Highest Single Value Contract with a contract value of ₹2447.00 crores and the first year O&M cost of ₹19.87 crores.

Another important project is the 4-laning of Gundugolanu – Devarapalli – Kovvuru section of NH-16 in Andhra Pradesh under Bharatmala Pariyojana on HAM mode with a contract value of ₹1827.00 crores. This project has opened doors for us into the state of Andhra Pradesh.

To what would you attribute the successful implementation of your two projects in UP and AP?
We would like to attribute the success of these two projects to our supplier partners, and, particularly to AMMANN India. One of the key factors is that we did not lose any productive hours by even a minute. This high productivity, which was instrumental in the success of these two projects, was due to AMMANN India’s excellent teamwork, pro-active approach, and customer centricity, which enabled seamless execution of the projects at Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

What support was extended by AMMANN India for the projects?
It will not be out of place to call out the helping attitude of AMMANN India people. As you may know, people make all the difference. To give you more specifics, let me list some of the outstanding work of AMMANN India team that enabled seamless performance of our equipment.

The AMMANN customer support team has been very cordial and co-operative in extending on-site parts support. The company deployed trained operators and technicians at site, which helped us significantly in becoming productive, instantly. AMMANN Engineers have been monitoring the condition of the plants on a regular basis, and since they were maintained pro-actively, there were zero breakdowns. The best part is that the maintenance routines were scheduled by AMMANN India in such a way that our productive hours were not impacted at all.

The suggestions given by AMMANN India towards pro-active maintenance were very helpful and gave our team a new perspective on how to achieve more with AMMANN products.

AMMANN India

Which AMMANN India products were used for the projects?
AMMANN India supplied us two plants ABA 260 and ABA 180 and these plants were deployed in both of our prestigious projects. We wish to place on record that these plants functioned seamlessly as they were backed by the company’s reliable and efficient after-sales support throughout the implementation of the projects.

AMMANN India offers a wide range of products for road construction. Having used their plants for our prestigious projects, we now have full confidence on their product range. In fact, we plan to purchase more plants from AMMANN India for our other projects as well.
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