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Divakar Thakur

Candidate ID: 152067

Career Summary

Engineering Graduates with 26 years experience in Site Engineering / Projects functional area in Road/Bridge & Highway Projects in India and in Oman. My competencies cover all technical areas of design, drawings, method statements including approvals by client and engineer & Project Execution

Skill Set

Highway & Bridge Projects, Project Execution

Professional Information

Total Experience : 26

Nationality : India

Qualification Level : Engineering Graduates/PG

Job Function : Site Engineering / Projects

Work Location Preference : Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE

Detailed Profile

Dear Sir,

I would like to introduce myself as a competent and resourceful Civil Engineer with more than 26 years of high performance career experience in highway construction projects in India and in GCC. Presently I am heading a National Highway Project NH 163 as Team Leader cum Senior Highway Engineer of Authority Engineer for four lanning for a length of 99 km of total contract value 140 Million USD in India under NHDP Phase IV being undertaken by NHAI.

My experience covers greenfield and brownfield construction projects across national & state highways in India. With leading Contracting (EPC) companies including Simplex Konstructor JV in Oman, Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Ramky Infrastructure Ltd, Skanska Cementation India Ltd, Dodsal Ltd, Jog Engineering Ltd and Atlanta Infrastructure, I have independently managed end-to-end construction activities of assigned sections for roads & bridges both ensuring completion on time within budget and target project margins. Working with SPV like GMR Highways, I have managed all stages from land acquisition, mobilization, design, procurement, construction and close-out achieving all predefined project objectives.

My competencies cover all technical areas of design, drawings, method statements including approvals by client and engineer, Project Execution, commercial matters including procurement, invoicing, contract management, claims & variations ensuring high standards of performance.

Confident of achieving all predefined goals & objectives, I enclose my resume. I look forward to a discussion on how I can add value to your organization.


Divakar Thakur
Mobile: +91 9701485017 / 9494348456
LinkedIn Profile:

Date: 7th July 2019

Divakar Thakur
E-mail: Mobile: +91 9701485017 / 9494348456

Objective: A challenging senior management position with a reputable organization to utilize extensive project management expertise in the highway sector to deliver outstanding results

? Versatile Civil Engineer registered as Chartered Engineer with Institution of Engineers (India) with 26 years of rich hands on experience in managing highway construction projects in India and Oman.
? Extensive Work experience with reputed Companies covers projects in various modes – EPC, BOT, DBFOT, Annuity – for Clients like MOTC Oman, NHAI & state road development corporations in India including World Bank & Asian Development Bank funded projects.
? Expertise in independently managing all phases of the project lifecycle from mobilization, land acquisition, securing of permits & approvals, design, procurement, construction to close-out and demobilization.
? Comprehensive knowledge of all technical aspects of construction of roads, pavements and structures including bridges, culverts, retaining walls and side drains as per appropriate national & international codes and standards.
? Capable of managing all construction activities ensuring on time completion within budget as per contract with excellent quality and safety performance.
? Adept in building relations and collaborating with clients, consultants, engineers, suppliers and subcontractors in resolving issues and achieving project milestones.
? Well versed in managing all contractual and financial matters including measurements & certifications, budgeting cash flows and cost control, claims & variations ensuring achievement and improvement in project margins.
? Adept in leading, mentoring and motivating cross-functional professional teams eliciting superior performances.
? Proactive, achievement driven professional with robust work ethic, integrity and excellent communication, coordination, problem solving, decision making, planning and execution skills.

April 2016 to till date (3-1/2 yrs)
Theme Engineering Services Pvt Limited, India, Team Leader cum Sr Highway Engineer

? Heading the project as Authority Engineer for Four lanning of National Highway of NHAI for a length of 99 km as Team Leader cum Sr Highway Engineer.
? Responsible for Review of design, Drawings and supervision of project while construction
? Conducting review meetings with contractor, for status of work progress and quality assurance process
? Developing project quality plan and quality control process
? Reviewing and ensuring traffic management and diversion plan being implemented by contractor
? Reviewing HSE policy of contractor and implementing safe work practices.
? Determining contract scope and exercising contractual obligations of contractor and employer
? Review of Operation and maintenance Manual and Monitoring
? Verification of Monthly invoice of contractor and certification
? Scrutinising contractor’s claims of change of scope and extension of time and to advise NHAI on that
? Reviewing performance of contractor and issuing completion certification as per contract.
? Routine Inspection of works of contractor
? Four lanning of Yadgiri-Warangal section of NH-163 from km 54.000 to 150.000 (design length 99.103 km) under NHDP Phase IV to be executed under EPC mode in the state of Telangana – Involving construction of embankment/cutting, Asphalt pavement and concrete pavement, Bridges, Toll Plaza buildings, way side amenities, Truck lay bay, Bus bays, Flyover, ROBs, Bye passes, At Grade & Grade separator Junctions & Intersections, testing and commissioning of Project on EPC basis for, Client: National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Engineer: Theme Engg Services, Contractor: Larsen & Toubro Limited, Bid Value: USD 140 million

Sept 2015 to April 2016 (1/2 yr)
GMR Infrastructure Limited, India, Project Manager -Rails
? Headed the project of new railway track laying works of DFCC for a length of 52 km as Project Manager.
? Responsible for planning & executing project within stipulated period of 4 years as per contract with targeted margins.
? Conducted weekly review meetings with Construction Managers, established monthly & weekly targets and supervised progress and quality of ongoing works
? Developed budgets & cash flow statements
? Implemented processes, policies and procedures for functioning of all departments
? Design and Construction of Civil, Structures & Track works for new double line Railways – Involving formation in embankment/cutting, Ballast on formation, track works, bridges, structures, buildings, yards, integration with IR existing railway system and testing and commissioning on Design-Build Lump-Sum basis for Mugalsarai-New Karchana section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor Package 201 for 181 km length, Client: DFCCIL, Engineer: Systra Mott MacDonald, Bid Value: USD 380 million

Jan 2014 to Jul 2015 (1-1/2 yrs)
SIMPLEX KONSTRUCTOR JV, Oman, Project Director
JV of Simplex Infrastructures India & Konstructor of Croatia for construction of the Expressway in Oman
? Led the project team in planning & executing all project jobs assuring completion within the stipulated period of 3 years as per contract with targeted margins.
? Conducted weekly review meetings with project managers, established monthly & weekly targets and supervised progress and quality of ongoing works
? Developed budgets & cash flow statements and monitored expenses and incomes to deliver project financial objectives.
? Analysed critical activities, identified & assessed risks and implemented effective mitigation plans
? Introduced and implemented processes, policies and procedures for functioning of all departments
? Construction of Batinah Expressway – Greenfield package for construction of 8-lane highway Package III: from KM 90.3 to KM 136.5 total: 46.2 KM Client: Ministry of Transport & Communication (MOTC) Engineer: Parsons International Bid Value: USD 320 million

Feb 2012 to Jan 2014 (2 yrs)
RAMKY INFRASTRUCTURE LTD, Hyderabad India, Associate Vice President – Projects
? Liaised with revenue officials & APSRDC for clearance of encumbrances on the site, execution of pre-construction activities & relocation of utilities.
? Managed all financial aspects of the project, monitored financial parameters, identified cost saving opportunities, implemented cost control measures and improved project margins
? Monitored and ensured achievement of progress & quality targets and supervised measurement & certification of works
? Prepared project budgets, cash flow statements and progress review reports
? Prepared claims for variations and extensions of time (EOT) and coordinated negotiation and settlement with client and engineer
? Managed all project related correspondence with APSRDC and IE
? Worked as Project Head of SPV & EPC and completed the entire 212.5 KM of the project on time as per contract
? Strengthening & 4-laning of State Highway from Narketpalli to Addanki from KM 0.000 to KM 212.5 Total 212.5 KM. Design Build Finance Operate & Transfer (DBFOT) project Client: APSRDC Hyderabad Engineer: SMEC Bid Value: USD 190 million

Jan 2010 to Jan 2012 (2 yrs)
GMR HIGHWAYS, Bangalore India, General Manager – Project Management
? Liaised with revenue officials & NHAI for estimation & award of compensation for land & structures acquired for the project, disbursement of compensation and removal of encumbrances.
? Liaised with forest officials & NHAI for felling trees and clearances related to forest land.
? Coordinated execution of pre-construction activities and relocation of utilities working with various government agencies and NHAI
? Interfaced and followed up with the Engineer for on time concurrence for design & drawings of roads and structures
? Conducted weekly meetings with the EPC contractor, established monthly & weekly targets, ensured mobilization of resources and achievement of progress milestones.
? Monitored project progress and quality and supervised measurement and certification of works.
? Managed & coordinated all correspondence with NHAI & IE
? Completed 65 KM of the project on time as per contract as the project head of the concessionaire
? DBFOT contract for strengthening & 4/6-laning of Hyderabad-Vijayawada section of NH 9 from KM 40 to KM 221.5 total 181.5 KM Client: NHAI (PIU Hyderabad) Engineer: ICT Ltd Bid Value: USD 120 million

Aug 2002 to Jan 2010 (7-1/2 yrs)
LARSEN & TOUBRO LTD, ECCD, Chennai India, Construction Manager
? Worked in various highway projects for strengthening & widening of carriageways in Gujarat & Karnataka in the roles of Construction Manager, Project Manager and Planning Manager and completed 3 Projects
? BOT project for strengthening & 4-laning of Rajkot-Jamnagar road (SH 25) from KM 3 to KM 131 Client: Gujarat State Road Development Corporation Engineer: Stanley Associates Bid Value: USD 120 million – Headed the team for 43 km of the project section
? BOT (Annuity) project for strengthening & 4-laning of Swarupganj-Palanpur section of NH 14 from KM 264 to KM 340 total 76 KM Client: NHAI (PIU Jaipur) Engineer: Arvee Associates Bid Value: USD 65 million Duration: Jul 2006 to Jul 2009 – Completed highways & structures on 34 KM of the Gujarat section on time and as per contract and obtained COD. Successfully completed ISO 9001 audit of the project by LRQA
? Strengthening & 2-laning of State Highway from Hiriyur to Bellary from KM 0.000 to KM 144.000 (Package: U11), ADB aided project Role: Project Manager Client: KSHIP Engineer: SMEC Bid Value: USD 41 Million Duration: Jan 2006 to Jun 2006 – Supervised & monitored the project as Project Head ensuring completion on time and within budget.
? Strengthening & 2-laning of State Highway from Hiriyur to Bellary (Package U11) Role: Planning Manager Duration: Jan 2005 to Dec 2005
? Developed overall project plans and monitored physical progress ensuring achievement of milestones
? Prepared logistics plan, mobilization schedules for men & machinery, procurement schedules for bulk materials and strategies for on time execution of the project
? Participated in finalizing agencies including suppliers & subcontractors for executing various jobs
? Monitored financial parameters, identified cost saving opportunities, implemented cost saving measures and improved project margins
? Prepared claims for extra items, extension of time and cost escalations.
? Managed all contract related correspondence with Engineer & client
? Prepared indents for bulk materials and coordinated procurement and delivery to sites.
? Coordinated with internal departments for smooth execution of the planning process.
? Rehabilitation and upgrading (Four lanning) of Tumkur Sira Section of NH 4 (Packagae-I) from KM 75.000 to KM 116.400, ADB aided project Role: Construction Manager Client: NHAI Engineer: Louis Berger International Inc Bid Value: USD 23 Million Duration: Aug 2002 to Dec 2004 – Executed the project as Section Head ensuring completion in time and within budget.

Nov 2001 to Jul 2002 (1/2 yr)
SKANSKA CEMENTATION INDIA LTD, Mumbai India, Deputy Manager – Projects
? Conducted survey activities and supervised all road construction jobs over a 20 km stretch of the highway
? Strengthening & widening (2-lane to 4/6-lane) of the existing carriageway of the Vaniyambadi-Pallikonda section of NH 46 from KM 50.112 to KM 100.872 Total 50.76 KM (Package KR2/IV) Client: NHAI (PIU Chennai) Engineer: Sauti Gherzi Eastern India Ltd Bid Value: USD 28 million

Nov 2000 to Oct 2001 (1 yr)
DODSAL LTD, Mumbai India, Senior Engineer – Highways
? Supervised the execution of road and CD works on a 10 km stretch of the highway, assuring optimum utilization of resources including manpower, machinery and materials.
? Monitored work in progress and implemented measures to achieve predefined project targets
? Liaised with Engineer’s representative for approval and certification of measurements
? Rehabilitation & Upgrade (4-laning) of Surat-Manor section of NH 8 from KM 263.4 to KM 343.0 Total 79.6 KM. Package 1 executed by SKEC Dodsal JV, project aided by Asian Development Bank Client: NHAI (PIU Valsad) Engineer: Consulting Engineering Services (I) Ltd Bid Value: USD 38 million

Oct 1998 to Oct 2000 (2 yrs)
JOG ENGINEERING LTD, Pune India, Senior Engineer – Civil, Planning
? Executed all road construction works up to WMM stage as per project specifications and schedules
? Prepared periodic progress reports and running account bills for submission to client
? Prepared the project completion plan, monitored progress and ensured on time completion of assigned jobs.
? Construction of 6-lane Mumbai-Pune Expressway – Concrete pavement on 16 km Section D: Ozarde to Dehu Road Client: Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Engineer: Sir Own Williams Innovestment Ltd Bid Value: USD 24 million

Nov 1997 to Oct 1998 (1 yr)
ATLANTA INFRASTRUCTURE LTD, Mumbai India, Deputy Project Manager
? Prepared program of work, scheduled & deployed workforce and supervised works at site ensuring achievement of schedules and specifications
? Verified and processed bills submitted by various agencies including suppliers of road construction materials
? Strengthening of NH 6 from KM 441 to KM 472 Client: National Highway Division Dhule
? Strengthening of all internal city roads in Jalgaon – completed asphalting of city roads Client: Jalgaon Municipal Council

Sep 1992 to Oct 1997 (5 yrs)
K N NARSARIA, Gumla India, Project Engineer
? Conducted detailed surveys, setting out and levelling works for construction of new roads
? Supervised road construction works including WBM roads, culverts, retaining walls and side drains.
? Looked after refractory erection works in steel plants – refractory brick lining, gunniting & pressure grouting in furnaces, chimneys and overhead tanks
Road Projects
? Construction of WBM roads & CD works in Ranchi Zone – World Bank aided BPD project Client: Rural Engineering Organization Bihar
? Strengthening & resurfacing of various roads and CD works in Jashpur zone (now in Chhattisgarh)

? BE Civil Engineering, Government Engineering College Bilaspur, GGD University, India, 1992, First Class, 74%

? Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India), 2012 to date
? Chartered Engineer, Institution of Engineers (India), 2008 to date
? Life Member, Indian Roads Congress, 2007 to date

? Age : 50 years
? Languages: English, Hindi
? Nationality & Passport: Indian
? Address: Flat #C-401, Mayflower Heights Apartments, Opposite Noma Function Hall, Mallapur Hyderabad, 500076, India
? LMV Driving License: India & Oman
? Software: MS Office
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