Consultant Gifford has secured several new road design projects in India through its local operations, Gifford India.
It has been commissioned to design an upgrade from two lanes to four of a 42km section of National Highway 33 from Barhi to Hazaribagh in the State of Jharkhand. It has also been commissioned to undertake the feasibility study and preliminary design for a similar upgrade to a 35km section of NH21-A in the State of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The road runs through the foothills of the Himalayas and will involve 22 bridges.
The Gifford design team in India has also been awarded the design of three build, operate and transfer (BOT) projects by the successful concessionaires. The first is the upgrade of an 82km stretch of the NH-77 from Mazaffarpur, a small town in Bihar up to the border with Nepal. Part of the project lies in the flood plains of the Bagmati River where drainage will be a major design issue. The other projects are the upgrade of a 152km length of the NH-24 between Bareilly and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh and the widening of 45km of the NH-3 from dual 2 to dual 3 lanes between Indore and Dewas in Madhya Pradesh.
Gifford India has also been commissioned by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board to design four new canal side roads totalling 200km to provide connections for local, rural communities to the National or State Highways in central Punjab.