"We have a dedicated talent pool with core engineering skills to serve as an integrated service model for our clients. We have a strong presence in the smart cities as we are doing the first two smart cities – Bhubaneswar and Chandigarh, announced in the list of 100. We are also doing the Ajmer Smart City. We are part of almost all key metro projects in the country. We are working on large water projects like AMRUT and DRIP"
Please brief our readers about EGIS India.
Egis India started in India about 25 years back with just Roads and Highways. Today, it has evolved as one of the most integrated engineering and project management consultancies in the country offering its services across sectors that covers Roads and Highways, Water, Ports, Aviation, Urban, Buildings, Operations and Maintenance and GIS services. Its portfolio includes some of the iconic infrastructure projects that includes – around 250 dams under Dam Rehabilitation and Implementation Program (DRIP), Pradhan MantriAwaasYojana (PMAY) and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) in Madhya Pradesh, Statue of Unity, Almost every major metro rail project in India, JNPT Port, Inland waterways, three airports and three smart cities and many more. Egis India is part of the Egis Group that is present in over a 100 countries, employs around 16000 people and has a global turnover of over a billion euros.
What are the key achievements in 25 years of EGIS India?
Our biggest achievement in India, as in the world, is delivering Egis Signature Delivery in all our projects. It is what differentiates us from the competition and it has helped us grow from being a one sector company to a company that has a strong presence in every sector it operates in. We are executing projects in design, engineering and site services across India. We have a dedicated talent pool with core engineering skills to serve as an integrated service model for our clients.We have a strong presence in the smart cities as we are doing the first two smart cities – Bhubaneswar and Chandigarh, announced in the list of 100. We are also doing the Ajmer Smart City. We are part of almost all key metro projects in the country. We are working on large water projects like AMRUT and DRIP. We are managing complex projects like the Inland Waterways and Statue of Unity that has the potential to go down history as the most iconic projects of all time in this country.
Please brief us about some key projects.
As I mentioned earlier, we are part of some of the most prestigious projects in the country. DRIP for example is a project where we are rehabilitating around 250 dams in the country that has the potential to impact millions of lives. The Statue of Unity has the potential to change the dynamics of domestic tourism in the country. The metro projects we are working on has the potential to change the way a whole city commutes. The inland waterways may change the way we transport goods in this country. All these projects and other projects that I mentioned earlier, we are there from the feasibility stage, design state, project management stage and evaluation stage thereby offering end to end solutions to our customers in every sector.
What is the vision in terms of business Growth for the company in the years to come?
We are continuously reskilling and upskilling our teams as per global standards and practices so that we are able to stay relevant in the sectors we are already operating in and enter more sectors. The Group has a lot of confidence in India and is planning to set up a global design centre in India which will cater to global clients of the Group.Even as the macro economic climate poses challenges, our vision is to deliver safe and value for money solution for smart cities, Ports/waterways and meet clean water demand as pillars of Egis in India.
What are the key concerns being faced by the infrastructure sector in the country?
India is going through the same challenges that every developing country goes through. India being one of the fastest growing economies in the world the growth has been chaotic and sudden and therefore a lot of systems and practices which are already in place in developed economies are still work in progress here. But, the last few years, the growth is immense in both the economy and the infrastructure sector, but the faster we have the systems and processes in place, we will be able to harness our potential as a country to the fullest. Also, our concerns are challenges of the new economyin current times of COVIDwith infrastructure projects stay relevant with work method changes and supply chain disruption, project slippage, issues ofmanpower safety and manage cost pressure due to current uncertainty.
What more needs to be done to address the infrastructure issues for the future?
India needs to start looking at long term solutions and not just immediate short term. It would require a lot of focus and commitment from all the stakeholders involved. Since things are getting better and we are realising the importance of infrastructure to make us one of the largest economies in the world, I think things will be in place soon.
What has been the contribution of EGIS India during the covid-19 pandemic?
Many of our projects were under the essential services therefore our people were working relentlessly even during the national lockdown. I really thank them for contributing selflessly towards building the nation. The rest of the staff, we supported work from home for these people so that we helped our people stay safe and also helped stop the spread of the virus by supporting the containment aimed at curtailing the infection.