Sunday, February 10, 2013




LEIGHTON WELSPUN or LW called by many over here is engaged in  excavation work  for  the Tunnel at Chenani  about 90 kms from Jammu on Jammu Srinagar National Highway.. Excavation work from the  other side  has also started at Nashri bridge. LEIGHTON  is   Australia's largest project development and contracting group   while WELSPUN is their Indian collaborator . This 13.3 metre wide tunnel shall create space for movement of 2 way traffic. There shall be a 5 metre  wide rescue track for any eventuality. Once through, vehicular traffic to srinagar shall miss and bypass places like Kud,Patni Top and Batote.  

We visited the project site in 2012 anag again in Feb 2013.We also  met official of LW at their beautiful office in Chenani forest. Indian, Australian and European  Technocrats work with a missionary zeal for this project. Sprawling office, Broadband  connectivity, Neat chambers, efficient gensets , state of art communication  network, well paid employees, well maintained  staff  quarters, search lights,Neat and clean staff Canteens, No smoking, Punctuality and above all work orientation impresses you..

 We were   informed that Chiv Keng  wife and Charis Loiuse Waugh  daughter of Russell Waugh, Managing director of Leighton Welspun Contractors Pvt. Ltd. were personally present at Chenani on 2nd September 2011 at the time of  start of the first section of  this  Tunnel project . Its construction is estimated to cost about INR37.2bn ($723m).   This tunnel is being built  using  NATM technique . This technology  has also been used by IRCON in  Banihaal Tunnel .A team of over 800 staff and 200 strong work force, armed with sophisticated drilling machines, are daily  boring  around 5 metres of the main tunnel and 8 metres of the escape route.The Tunnel shall shorten Jammu- Srinagar distance by  31 kms  thereby  saving one hour of Journey time. . The  expected time of completion of this 9 kms long  Tunnel is  about 5 years.
The  officials of LEIGHTON WELSPUN added 
 “Workers are being provided free food and transportation, while the agency has kept two ambulances available for meeting any eventuality. 50% work has been completed  and 30 per cent of the project cost Rs.2627 crore has been booked so far.”
( Autar Mota )
 10th Feb. 2013… Time 11.35 PM Good Night..

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