Saturday, February 09, 2013

Top 10 Infrastructure companies in India

Top infrastructure companies in India, their founders and their history.

Construction Week online had published the Top Infrastructure companies list in India based on various parameters such as equity, corporate filings, marker perceptions etc. This article examines the top 10 infrastructure companies, their founders, history and notable projects.

1. Larsen & Toubro

Started in : 1938
Order book value: Rs. 1,30,000 Crores
Founders: Henning Holck-Larsen and Soren Kristian   

The two Danish engineers came to India and set up their small office at Mumbai. Their office was so small that both of them cannot be inside at the same time.

Henning Holck-Larsen (1907 - 2003)
Soren Kristian Toubro (1906 - 1982) 

Notable projects:

L&T - Gujarat Refinery for IOCL
L&T - Fertilisier plant for NFCL, Kakinada
L&T - Many critical components for PSLV

L&T - Krishnagiri-Thopur,Tamil Nadu - Krishnagiri bypass by LnTIDPL

L&T - Panipat Elevated Corridor by LnTIDPL

L&T - Coimbatore By-pass,Tamil Nadu by LnTIDPL

2. Jaiprakash Associates

Started in: 1979 
Order book value: Rs. 55,000 Crores
Founder: Jaiprakash Gaur

Jaiprakash Gaur

Notable projects:
Jaypee Group - 1450MW HEP at Sardar Sarovar Dam,Gujarat

Jaypee Group - Yamuna Expressway

Jaypee Group - 1000 MW Karcham Dam on River Satluj, H.P.

Jaypee Group - Cement Blending & Gridning Unit at agheri, UP

3.  Lanco Infratech

Started in: 1979 
Order book value: Rs. 31,016 Crores
Founders: Amarappa Naidu, Venkata Rama Naidu and Venkata Ratnam Naidu 
In 1960, the three brothers,  laid the foundation of LANCO by starting a transport business with one truck (a converted bus) inherited from their father L.V. Subba Naidu.
(founder's photo unavailable)

 Notable projects:
Lanco Infratech -Devihalli Highways

Lanco Infratech - Udupi Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL) at Yellur in Udupi district

4. Reliance Infrastructure Limited

Started in: 2002
Order book value: Rs. 28,000 Crores
Reliance Infrastructure limited was renamed from Reliance Energy in 2008. Reliance energy was formed by acquiring Bombay Suburban Electirc Supply (BSES)

Notable projects:
Reliance Infrastructure -Delhi Airport Express

Reliance Infrastructure - Nanded Airport

Reliance Infrastructure - 2 x 250 MW Coal based Thermal Power Station at Dahanu, Maharastra

5. GMR Infrastructure

Started in: 1978
Order book value: Rs. 24,000 Crores
Founder: Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao
G M Rao established the GMR business empire starting from a single jute mill in Rajam, located at Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh in 1978.

 Notable projects:
GMR - Hyderabad Airport
GMR - Delhi Airport - Interior view

6. Punj Lloyd

Started in: 1978
Order book value: Rs. 23,938 Crores
Founder: Atul Punj

Atul Punj, third generation in their family business, started the pipeline division of Punj Sons Private Limited in 1982 which was later incorporated as Punj Lloyd Engineering Private Limited in 1988. The company was rechristened Punj Lloyd Private Limited in the following year and subsequently became Public Limited in 1992.
Atul Punj

Notable projects:
Punj Lloyd - Bangalore Metro Rail

Punj Lloyd - Heera field redevelopment for ONGC

Punj Lloyd - 4 x 250 MW Thermal Power Plant Station, India for Jindal Power Ltd

Punj Lloyd - 5MW Solar power plant at Bap, Rajasthan

Punj Lloyd - 500 MW (2x250 MW) Chhabra Thermal Power Project

 7. IVRCL Limited

Started in: 1987
Order book value: Rs. 21,550 Crores
Notable projects:
IVRCL - India's largest desalination plant at Minjur, Chennai

IVRCL - Metro Rail at Byappanahalli Elevated Metro station for Bangalore Metro Rail Project (BMCRL)

IVRCL - Transmission Line , Jammu & Kashmir

IVRCL - Veeranam Water Supply Scheme, Tamilnadu

IVRCL- Kumarapalayam-Chengapalli NH BOT road project

8. Hindustan Construction Company

Started in: 1926
Order book value: Rs. 17,007 Crores
Founder: Walchand Hirachand

Walchand Hirachand, the son of a cloth merchant in Sholapur, Maharashtra, dared to dream big. As a nationalist, he found British rule offensive and resolved early in his life to fight it - not by joining the political struggle but by breaking the rules that forbade Indian businessmen from entering areas of enterprise that challenged British monopolies. By the end of his life, he left behind an empire that is considered the foundation of modern transportation in India.

Walchand Hirachand - Founder of Hindustan Construction Company

Notable projects: 
HCC - Koodankulam Power Plant

HCC - Mumbai Pune Expressway

HCC - Bandra Worli Sealink

9. Nagarjuna Construction Company Limited

Started in: 1978
Order book value: Rs. 17,000 Crores
Founder: AVS Raju

NCC Founder - AVS Raju

Notable projects:
NCC Limited - DMRCL Metro Line, New Delhi

10. Gammon India

Started in: 1922
Order book value: Rs. 15,100 Crores
Founder: John C. Gammon

John C Gammon

Notable Projects:
Gammon India - Hebbal Interchange, Bangalore

Gammon India - Gateway of India, Mumbai


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