Saturday, March 30, 2013

Two Indian firms to build Ethiopian road projects

(Mar 30, 2013, (ADDIS ABABA)--Two Indian companies have been awarded contracts worth over 2 billion Br (over $100 million) to build roads in Ethiopia. Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) has signed the contracts with the Indian firms. JMC Projects Indian Limited Company, which participated in Ethiopia’s road construction for the first time, was awarded a 109 km project for 1.1 billion Br earlier this month.

The agreement was signed between Monmohan Sawheni, vice president of JMC projects, and Zaid Woldegbriel, director general of ERA, at its headquarters. This contract, which links Ethiopia to Kenya, is part of the first contract for the Addis Abeba-Hawassa-Moyale route. The authority is still looking for competitive consultants for this road project.

The company is expected to upgrade the current road to a two lane asphalt concrete road. Each lane is to have a carriageway width of seven meters and shoulder width of 1.5m on both sides, according to the agreement. Construction costs will be covered by an 85 per cent loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB), with the balance covered by the Ethiopian government. The construction of this road is expected to be finalised within three years.

“The company will make sure that the project will be completed on time with the quality that serves the country’s demands,” said Monmohan Sawheni, vice president of JMC projects. Another Indian construction company, SWE Infrastructure Developers Plc, has also signed an agreement for the construction of 66 km road project for close to a billion birr. 
Source: Gulf Today

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