India's L&T wins $600m highways deal in Qatar

Construction firm says it has secured its biggest international road contract in Gulf state
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By Andy Sambidge
Fri 14 Mar 2014 01:28 AM

The transportation infrastructure business of India's Larsen & Toubro Construction (L&T) has secured a major order worth QR2.187 billion ($600 million) to build a major highway in Qatar.

The contract, which has been awarded by the Gulf state's Public Works Authority, also know as Ashghal,  covers for design and construction of the Al Wakrah Bypass Road.

The scope of work involves construction of an 11km road consisting of 10 lanes and four future lane sections with additional collectors/distributor roads, frontage roads and ramps.

L&T said in a statement that the freeway will provide access to existing and planned developments via five interchanges comprising of 20 bridges, 13 bicycle overpasses, 8 vehicular underpasses, 3 pedestrian bridges and tunnels.

The company added that the project is scheduled to be completed in 32 months.

Al Wakrah Bypass is a major South-North freeway connecting the existing Al Wakrah-Mesaieed Road. This new freeway will be a continuation of an existing major urban North-South high speed corridor of Doha Expressway.

Commenting on the order, SN Subrahmanyan, senior executive vice president (Infrastructure & Construction) said: “We are delighted to have bagged this prestigious order.

"This is the company’s single largest road order in the international market and is an important turning point in our plans of growing the company’s business in the Middle East region," he said.

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