CIDB to bid for India road job


  • Business
  • Saturday, 06 Sep 2003

BY B.K. SIDHU IN NEW DELHI

THE Construction Industry De- velopment Board (CIDB) will soon make a bid for the RM1.3bil Dindivanam-Trichy-Madurai road project linking the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Works Mi- nister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.  

“The Indian government has offered us to build, operate and transfer the 300km road project. We met Highway and Urban Development Ministry officials, who want us to put in our bid and start the project early. The bid will be forwarded by CIDB,’’ he told Malaysian journalists after speaking at a dialogue session at the India-Asean Business Summit in New Delhi yesterday. 

The road from Dindivanam to Trichy is 180km, and that from Trichy to Madurai 120km. 

Samy Vellu also said the Malaysian government agency, Professional Service Development Corp, had made a bid to provide project management services for 10,000km of roads in India. He could not say, however, when the outcome of the bid would be known.  

CIDB has been actively pursing road projects in India and it had in the past bid for RM3bil worth of construction projects.  

Malaysian construction firms to date have completed highway projects in India worth US$320mil and are currently implementing such projects valued at US$1.8bil.  

Meanwhile, Wipro Pte India, one of India’s top five IT companies, has sealed a deal worth RM30mil with Malacca’s Nada Infotech Sdn Bhd to provide software solutions to the state’s Southern Hospital.  

The Malacca Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry will also be signing a collaboration agreement with the Confederation of Indian Industry to explore business and investment opportunities in both countries.  

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam will also discuss with Apollo Group Healthcare on healthcare opportunities, and GVK Group on pharmaceuticals. 

There is the prospect of a possible tie-up with HCL Pte Ltd, which has one of the world's biggest call centres, for such facilities in Malacca.  

Elsewhere, Samy Vellu told a sectorial concurrent session at the summit that in 2002, a total of 170,832 tourists from India visited Malaysia.  

He also urged Bollywood film makers to use Malaysia as a location for shooting movies as the cost would be a fraction of what they would incur in, say, Switzerland.  

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