Equipment manufacturers are gearing up with advanced machines to meet the demands of India's road building sector.
Although the pace is currently punctuated by procedural hurdles and slowdown, India’s roads and highways story is far from over. As the country ambitiously plans to lay massive number of new roads and rebuild the old ones to match its projected economic growth, it has thrown open new opportunities for construction equipment manufacturers
. But are we adequately equipped technologically to take up so many road projects? Industry observers feel that although India is already manufacturing a variety of road construction equipment (indigenous as well as in collaboration with reputed global manufacturers) manufacturers still need to invest a better portion of their budgets in R&D to build world-class roads. “We have to adopt new technologies that will not only help in terms of accuracy, improve quality of output but also reduce the cost of construction,” says Pravin Thakur, VP, plant & machinery, SPML Infra.He says there is huge potential available in Indian market for indigenous and global players to promote their products in the field of latest survey technology; soil stabilisation, asphalt mixing machines and cold mix asphalting. SPML Infra is currently executing road projects worth Rs1,400 crore for a total road length of 510.5 km in the state of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Equipment manufacturers say that the primary issue facing the road sector today is not the lack of technologically advanced construction equipment, but constant delays in execution of projects already awarded. “As far as equipment is concerned, we have world class products already available in India. For example, 320D hydraulic excavators or 120K2 motor graders, which have the ability to complete jobs at the highest levels of quality, in the shortest time and at the lowest cost per km of road built,” says Gurman Reen, sales manager for Caterpillar India.