L&T eyes Gujarat as traffic makes life hell for engineering giant

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  1. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

    Oct 15, 2011
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    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 country’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.

    “Larsen & 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,” an L&T spokesman told Mumbai Mirror on Thursday.

    The spokesman said the rising cost of living in the city too is a factor. “The cost of living for our workers has increased in Mumbai. So, it’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,” he said.

    Powai, where the $13.5-billion company’s main manufacturing base is located, is one of Mumbai’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 city’s northern outskirts are becoming a logistical nightmare for the company.

    Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority officials said they are aware of the company’s plans to shift some operations out of the city. A senior MMRDA official, who did not wish to be identified, said, “They 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.”

    The flyover outside the L&T’s gate 2 is 18 feet high, while sources said most of the company’s heavy engineering jobs are 26 to 28 feet. “We had held discussions with the BMC, MMRDA and MSRDC. While they had agreed initially to raise the flyover’s height, they changed their mind later,” said Bharat Bhosale, who heads Bharat Kamgar Sena in L&T.

    It’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 company’s plan for the Powai land that will be freed once heavy engineering units are shifted elsewhere.
  3. VIP

    VIP Ultra Nationalist Senior Member

    Mar 22, 2012
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    L&T is dear company for Modi, He gave some projects to it without considering other companies as no other construction company can do such big projects. e.g. Mahatma Mandir.It's really a gigantic structure.
  4. Bhadra

    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

    Jul 11, 2011
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    Eventually, all manufacturing in Matros will have to shift out and deploy well out side the ever expanding Matros..
    Good decision.

    What Na Mo has to do with that ?

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