MCOS Global: Solutions to Reduce Project Delays & Achieve Sustainability

Managing Director, MCOS Global presents possible solutions and measures
Subhashis Kar, Managing Director, MCOS Global presents possible solutions and measures to effectively reduce delays in infra construction projects and bring sustainability in urban developments.

Please tell us about MCOS Global range of solutions and services to infra construction projects.

MCOS Global is a prominent player in the construction and infrastructure sector, offering a comprehensive range of construction materials, solutions and services that have earned the trust of major industry players such as L&T. The company specialises in supplying raw minerals and construction chemicals, ensuring a consistent and timely delivery through efficient supply chain management. As a contributor to national highway projects, we are providing industrial and construction equipment that supports the development of critical transportation networks.

We are also a supplier of industrial chemical solutions that meet stringent quality standards for various industrial processes. Our comprehensive suite of services covers the entire civil infrastructure business including essential components like aggregate and raw materials for construction projects of all scales. Plus, we play a vital role in coastal and maritime infrastructure.

The growth of a nation, whether logistics, real estate, or industrial, is driven by critical infrastructure. MCOS Global has emerged as one of the key players in the critical infrastructure sector. We are currently working on a prominent project - the Dhubri-Phulbari Project, in partnership with Larsen and Toubro (L&T). This project is set to be India’s longest bridge. Initially expected to be completed by 2028 and valued at Rs. 300-500 cr, the project timeline has been extended to 2029. This extension is necessary to ensure meticulous engineering and upgraded requirements, ensuring the highest standards of safety and performance.

Larsen and Toubro (L&T)

What potential solutions or strategies do you believe could effectively reduce delays in infra construction projects especially roads and highways?

Delays in implementing infra construction projects in India can be attributed to factors such as challenged in acquiring land, obtaining environmental clearance, protracted bidding and approval procedures and lack of stakeholder coordination. Besides leading to prolonged timelines, the delays lead to increased project costs and legal disputes, which further impede construction progress.

Given the significant environmental impact of highway construction activities, obtaining environmental clearance is a crucial step. Compliance with environmental regulations adds to project timelines, requiring thorough assessments and approvals from relevant authorities.

The government’s adoption of a competitive bidding process for awarding highway construction projects introduces time-consuming elements. The extended duration to finalise bids and obtain necessary approvals can substantially contribute to overall project delays.

Infra construction projects involve multiple stakeholders, and inadequate coordination among them, which can hinder progress. Delays may arise due to a lack of synchronised decision-making, modifications to project plans, and challenges in resolving issues that emerge during the construction phase.

Larsen and Toubro (L&T)

Addressing the above-mentioned factors is crucial for streamlining the execution of infra construction projects in India and minimising unnecessary delays through practical solutions. Implementing advanced technologies like Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can enhance project planning accuracy by identifying potential challenges early on. Additionally, streamlining government processes, including simplifying procedures, digitizing records, and implementing a single-window clearance system, can significantly contribute to efficiency and reduce administrative bottlenecks.

Effective communication and coordination among stakeholders are crucial to prevent issues from escalating into major delays. Regular collaboration ensures quick decision-making and problem-resolution during the construction phase. Furthermore, introducing incentives for contractors and project managers who complete projects ahead of schedule or within the specified timeframe can serve as a motivational factor, discouraging unnecessary delays.

The adoption of these practical measures—such as incorporating technology for better planning, streamlining administrative processes, fostering effective communication, and incentivizing timely completion—can collectively contribute to minimizing delays and ensuring the timely execution of infra construction projects in India.

How does MCOS Global ensure the quality of materials and equipment supplied to construction companies, such as builders, contractors, and developers?

MCOS Global ensures the quality of materials and equipment supplied to construction companies, such as builders, contractors, and developers through an established quality control system. We carefully vet our suppliers with quality checks at multiple stages. We evaluate and shortlist our team and suppliers based on their track record, reputation, and quality management practices. There are periodic on-site inspections to ensure that regulations are followed. Our quality assurance team also conducts spot checks to ensure that all materials and equipment being supplied meet our stringent standards.

What challenges do you believe India encounters in its pursuit of a sustainable and environmentally friendly built environment?

There is a lack of education and awareness of the environmental impact of human activities that result in unsustainable practices like deforestation, excessive use of natural resources, and inadequate waste management. To achieve a sustainable and environmentally friendly built environment, we need to undertake more planning before development work starts, and both the public and private institutions should plan and work in unison to enable sustainable development.

Larsen and Toubro (L&T)

Are there specific policies or incentives that you would recommend the government to adopt in order to promote sustainability within the construction industry?

One of the key policies that the government can adopt to promote sustainability within the construction industry is to set mandatory green building standards. These standards would require all new constructions to follow sustainable practices, such as using recycled materials and incorporating energy-efficient designs. In addition to mandatory standards, the government can also offer tax incentives and subsidies to construction companies that implement sustainable practices. The government can also set renewable energy goals for the construction industry.

How can government entities, urban planners, and architects collaborate effectively to promote sustainable urban development?

Creating sustainable cities is vital for a better future for both people and the environment. Government entities can play a significant role by establishing policies and regulations that support sustainable development. Additionally, providing funding and incentives to developers and businesses prioritising sustainability in their projects is crucial.

Urban planners contribute to sustainable practices by integrating them into city plans. This includes incorporating green spaces, creating pedestrian and bike-friendly infrastructure, and implementing mixed-use developments that minimise the need for transportation.

Architects also have a pivotal role in sustainable development. They can design environmentally conscious buildings utilising renewable energy sources and sustainable materials. By integrating green elements into their designs, architects contribute to reducing a city’s carbon footprint and creating healthier and more liveable spaces for residents.

In what ways is the construction sector contributing to India’s economic growth?

The construction sector is a significant driver of India’s economy, comprising 8% of the GDP and employing over 45 million people. It not only creates vital infrastructure but also fuels industrial growth, leading to job opportunities and economic expansion.

Foreign investment, encouraged by initiatives like Make in India, is contributing to the construction boom, with companies establishing facilities and offices, further boosting job creation and economic development. The sector’s diverse workforce, from unskilled labor to skilled engineers, provides opportunities for individuals with varying backgrounds and skills. Overall, the construction industry is a key player in shaping India’s economic landscape.
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