APL Apollo expands Kartarpur Corridor


Kartarpur Corridor project, which provides a gateway for Indian pilgrims to visit the holiest Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, has been expanded by the APL Apollo.

The project, which was under limelight of different international and national media houses, is seen as a stepping stone for improvement in relations between India and Pakistan.

Initially, the project was scheduled to be inaugurated on deadline, but because it was delayed as the contractors of the project ran behind time with their approved vendors for supplying structural pipes and tubes. However, approved vendors were unable to cater to the demand due to shorter lead time.

Creative Group & Shapoorji Pallonji & Company approached APL Apollo Tubes and requested to supply the required structural pipes and tubes in the given time frame.

The principals to the project—Land Port Authority of India, a part of the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, were approached by APL Apollo along with Creative Group & Shapoorji Pallonji & Company to get the government’s approval. Shapoorji Pallonji & Company provided The Letter of Intent (LoI).

A presentation in this regard was made by APL Apollo to the concerned authorities, which highlighted the manufacturing capabilities along with the credentials of the company.

APL Apollo was given a pre-approval on July 24, 2019, and an LoI on July 26 of the same year to supply structural pipes. APL Apollo started dispatches from July 27, 2019, and had supplied approximately 500 tonnes of the total 615 tonnes within seven days of getting the LoI.

With APL Apollo Tube’s faster delivery, pan India flexibility on sizes and proximity of plant locations, the company was able to complete the project fast.