Transportation nightmare forces company to move big jobs to Hajira L&T eyes Gujarat as traffic makes life hell for engineering giant Larsen & Toubro, one of the countryâ€™s largest engineering companies, plans to shift its major engineering works out of Mumbai as chaotic traffic and congested roads make transportation of products and heavy machinery in and out of the city difficult. â€œLarsen & Toubro cannot grow in Powai, but Larsen & Toubro has to grow as a company. Due to the new bridges and the flyovers, it has become extremely difficult to ship out large fabricated items to the docks or out of Mumbai,â€ an L&T spokesman told Mumbai Mirror on Thursday. The spokesman said the rising cost of living in the city too is a factor. â€œThe cost of living for our workers has increased in Mumbai. So, itâ€™s been decided that the bigger jobs of the heavy engineering unit will increasingly be carried out at other centres such as Hajira (near Surat in Gujarat) and other locations,â€ he said. Powai, where the $13.5-billion companyâ€™s main manufacturing base is located, is one of Mumbaiâ€™s messiest areas as far as traffic is concerned. Transporting finished products to the Mumbai Port Trust in the south and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust on the cityâ€™s northern outskirts are becoming a logistical nightmare for the company. Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority officials said they are aware of the companyâ€™s plans to shift some operations out of the city. A senior MMRDA official, who did not wish to be identified, said, â€œThey had told us about the difficulties they are facing because of new infrastructure projects. Our projects are built as per the Indian Road Congress standards, but it is a fact that movement of big machineries in Mumbai has become be a problem.â€ The flyover outside the L&Tâ€™s gate 2 is 18 feet high, while sources said most of the companyâ€™s heavy engineering jobs are 26 to 28 feet. â€œWe had held discussions with the BMC, MMRDA and MSRDC. While they had agreed initially to raise the flyoverâ€™s height, they changed their mind later,â€ said Bharat Bhosale, who heads Bharat Kamgar Sena in L&T. Itâ€™s been 74 years since Danish engineers Henning Holck-Larsen and Soren Kristian Toubro founded L&T in Mumbai in 1938. The company headquarters in Powai house the heavy engineering and hydrocarbon units, the switchgear unit, and L&T Infotech. The heavy engineering unit caters to several sectors, including defence and aerospace. The spokesperson refused to comment on the companyâ€™s plan for the Powai land that will be freed once heavy engineering units are shifted elsewhere.