Piyush Goyal discussed with construction representatives to quicken project implementation

Vastavam web: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has met representatives of construction and consultancy majors and discussed with them ways to expedite the implementation of projects including high-speed and dedicated freight corridors.Goyal met representatives from KEC International, Siemens, Larsen and Toubro, Systra MVA Consulting India Pvt Ltd, Tata Projects Ltd and Afcons Infrastructure in Delhi.Chairing the meet, Goyal discussed with them the issues related to construction timelines for India’s first high- altitude rail projects, including Rishikesh-Karanprayag, Char Dham rail connectivity, Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Manali-Leh, it said.

The representatives from the construction majors raised several issues, which, they said, were creating roadblocks.They suggested ways to reduce time and cost overrun, expediting the payments of the contractors, risk sharing between the employer and the contractor, increased requirement of training of technical manpower.Also discussed during the meeting were issues relating to availability of traffic and power blocks, proper estimation of quantities at the time of inviting tenders, officials said.