Mumbai, Mar 16: Mumbai's new icon, the Bandra Worli sea link built by the Hindustan Construction Company, has been selected by an independent jury of bridge engineering experts from the Indian Institution of Bridge Engineers (IIBE) to win the coveted 'Most Outstanding Bridge - National Award'.
Acknowledging the distinction, Vinayak Deshpande, President and COO - HCC (EPC and Construction) said, "We are privileged to receive this honor for the very first cable-stayed bridge built in open sea in India. HCC has a long experience in infrastructure development, yet building this sea link offered complex engineering and environmental challenges that motivated us to be innovative and do our best."
Established in 1989, IIBE is the only professional institution totally dedicated to the art and science of bridge engineering, with 161 institutional and 5000 individual members spread across the country. This will be the 10th award ceremony organized by the IIBE. The award will be collected by officials of MSRDC and HCC.
In all, HCC has built 321 Bridges, 43 Dams and Barrages, 15 Hydel Power Plants and 11 Nuclear Reactors, 60 km of Tunneling and 2,227 km of Roads and Expressways. HCC's overseas performance in the construction of bridges has also been impressive, with over 34 bridges built in Iraq alone.