Iraq reconstruction: India may get bulk contracts
Kuwait City, April 11. (UNI): Indian companies which had executed projects worth Rs 5,000 crore in Iraq in the 1980s, are set to get several billion dollars worth in contracts in the war-ravaged country in the infrastructure and other sectors.
With the war in Iraq nearing an end, several American companies have contacted the Indian Embassy here to seek information about reputed Indian construction and other companies, which had constructed airports, roads, hospitals, residential complexes and even Parliament and other projects.
The government-owned IRCON and RITES had also constructed rail projects in Iraq, official sources said.
The American and British companies, which are getting the lion's share in reconstruction and rehabilitation programme of Iraq, want to engage Indian companies as sub-contractors because of their skill and professional capabilities.
Moreover, the situation in Iraq also demands involvement of professionals of those nations, who enjoy goodwill in that country.
The international community plans more than $ 100 billion reconstruction programme for Iraq under the aegis of the United Nations and the Indian companies are expected to get a good share in it.
The Indian government has decided to send R M Abhyankar, Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), to Washington for talks with US officials on Indians' participation in the massive reconstruction programme.