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India seeks British private road skills

British expertise in constructing and financing new roads is set to be exported to India, following a request by the Indian government for information about how to progress its $128.25bn (£80bn) five year infrastructure plan.

The British India Road Group (BIRG) said UK investors, funders, consultants, contractors and operators are keen to work with the Indian public and private sectors to get projects moving.

A workshop for British companies is to be held in New Delhi in January. It will involve National Highways Authority of India officials, Indian contractors and funders.
It will progress BIRG’s view that UK companies can add expertise in funding, procurement strategy; concession arrangements, design, construction, operation and maintenance.

India’s infrastructure plan involves attracting £25.6bn of private finance between 2007 to 2012.
BIRG investigated the role the UK could play after a request for British expertise from Indian minister for road transport and highways Kamal Nath. It reported its findings last week.

BIRG’s members are Arup, Kier, facilities management firm Serco, JCB, management consultant KPMG, and law firm Pinsent Masons.
Report author and Pinsent Masons partner Martin Harman said that BIRG was now ready to “make a real and valuable contribution” to Indian road construction. He added that there was a “real interest” from UK companies to invest in India.

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