Valecha consortium wins Rs509 crore highway project in Orissa

In a filing to Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Valecha Engineering Ltd said its consortium won a highway project (Kazstroy-Valecha) worth Rs509 crore in Orissa. The project is to be build on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis.

On Wednesday Valecha Engineering shares ended 13.33% up at Rs188.30 on the BSE, while the benchmark Sensex closed 2.28% up at 16,387.84 points.


IVRCL wins orders worth Rs567.36 crore

Hyderabad-based IVRCL Infrastructures & Projects Ltd (IVRCL) said its buildings, transportation and water divisions have won construction orders worth Rs567.36 crore.

In a regulatory filing, the company said its first order, worth Rs122.8 crore, includes extension of Bihar Vidhan Sabha and Secretariat Complex at Patna. The second order is civil and structural works of ECU Unit for Brahmaputra Petrochemical Complex at Lepetkata (Assam), worth Rs60.25 crore.

The third order is construction of All India Institute of Ayurveda at Sarita Vihar in New Delhi, worth Rs63.55 crore. The fourth order, worth Rs33.6 crore, is given by Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Centre for construction of buildings. In Mumbai, the company has won two contracts worth Rs33.49 crore and Rs29.57 crore, respectively. Besides, this it has secured other contracts of Rs40.27 crore.

On Wednesday IVRCL Infrastructures & Projects shares ended 3.20% up at Rs149.75 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 2.28% up at 16,387.84 points.


AI cancels 76 flights, govt gives a free hand to management

Taking exception to the "illegal and irresponsible" action by the employees, civil aviation minister Praful Patel has stepped in and backed the management and said the airline is free to take firm measures to restore normalcy in its operations

The government today gave a free hand to Air India (AI) to crack down on a section of its employees on strike calling their action irresponsible, as the state-owned airline cancelled another 76 flights across the country, reports PTI.

Thousands of passengers were left stranded on the second day of the strike by the cash-strapped airline\'s engineers and ground staff, who account for about 60% of the entire staff strength.

Representatives of striking employees and top officials also held one round of talks in New Delhi in a bid to end the standoff but the deadlock continued.

The unions are protesting against a \'gag order\' on members for talking to the media after Saturday\'s air crash in Mangalore and \'delay\' in payment of salaries. The management however clarified there is only one general circular and that there was no \'gag order".

In all 110 flights, mostly domestic, have been cancelled since the flash strike began yesterday at a time when it is peak summer rush. On 16th May, Air India flew a record number of 50,308 passengers on its network.

Taking exception to the "illegal and irresponsible" action by Air India employees, civil aviation minister Praful Patel stepped in and backed the management and said the airline is free to take firm measures to restore normalcy in its operations.

"Air India management is free to take all appropriate action and I am sure they are going to adequately respond. The management needs to act adequately and firmly", Patel told reporters after a meeting with civil aviation secretary M Madhavan Nambiar and airline CMD Arvind Jadhav.

Issuing a stern warning to the striking employees, he said "such absolutely irresponsible behaviour like this needs strong action... Strong, appropriate and decisive action should be taken. ...No one can take law into their own hands".

Patel, who apprised prime minister Manmohan Singh on the situation, later briefed the Union Cabinet.

Asked whether government is going to invoke the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against the striking employees, he said the future course of action is left to the airline management.

"The government will go by the advice of the management", Patel said amid reports that finance minister Pranab Mukherjee had spoken to him on the need for some tough action against erring employees. Jadhav last night said termination of services of employees was not ruled out.

The Air Corporation Employees Unions and All India Aircraft Engineers Association, which are leading the strike, together claim a membership of about 20,000 employees or about 60% of the staff strength.

A desperate Air India also approached the vacation bench of the Bombay High Court for directions to the employees to call off the stir but declined to interfere in the absence of the other party. The court asked the airline to give notice to the employees\' union and adjourned the hearing till 28th May.

Chaotic scenes were witnessed at Air India counters at several airports as passengers voiced their anger at the disruption of flights.

Air India in a statement clarified that its office circular which prevents union leaders from publicly airing their views about the airline\'s affairs was not a \'gag order\' and that a similar order had been upheld earlier by the Bombay High Court.



Shadi Katyal

7 years ago

In our nation we are looking for any excuse to call a strike. The unions think that they own the employer and thus they take no responsibility of any hardships to customer who are the one pay for their wages.
So far Mr. Patel was helping the unions and let us see how the management can stand to union and when M. Patel comes back to help the union. Air India being a PSU has same undisciplined as other Govt undertakings but unable to recognise that customer will move away as we all know and seen.
good example is 80% foreign travel is done in non Indian lines but who will show the light

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