A fleet of Volvo Construction Equipment asphalt compactors, double drum compactors and a tracked sensor paver are helping to improve the quality of roads and life in the city of Bellary, Karnataka, India.
“Tough, smooth roads generate more growth and vibrancy in the economy and definitely more smiles,” said P. Prabhakar Reddy, a public works contractor in the city of Bellary. “Better road qualities mean better quality of life and living - that’s the bottom line!”
Assisting the 30-year roadbuilding veteran on various projects are two Volvo DD100 asphalt compactor, four Volvo DD90 double drum compactors and a Volvo P5320B ABG tracked sensor paver.
“Our beginnings were humble, but our abiding passion for road building has ensured steady growth over the years,” said Mr Reddy, who is now the leading road building contractor in Karnataka.
The fleet has helped Mr Reddy on a string of prestigious projects including the 344 km NH-167 highway, which stretches from Hagaribommanahalli in Karnataka to Jadcherla in Telangana.
“It’s been a long and difficult journey but, at the end of the day, well worth it,” he said with a smile. “Real satisfaction in road building comes when you get that near-perfect mat finish across the entire project stretch. And that’s not easy to achieve, unless of course, you depend on Volvo CE.”
The Volvo P5320B ABG tracked sensor paver has been working on a road that connects to the new terminal at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru.
“Building the road at the Kempegowda International Airport was another dream project - a big feather in our cap,” delighted Mr Reddy. “I am happy to report that the P5320B ABG Volvo tracked sensor paver is doing its job on time - as always!”
Mr Reddy pointed out the P5320B ABG tracked sensor paver stands alone in its class in terms of paving quality and hassle-free operations. He is also pleasantly surprised that, even with the sophisticated design to boost paving quality, productivity, fuel and efficiency, the paver is still easy to operate.
“Anyone can operate a Volvo machine with ease - that’s the thing,” he said.
Mr Reddy added that Volvo CE machine’s ease of operation is a definite advantage in his business where there is constant pressure on both margins and availability of skilled manpower.
“Every Volvo Equipment delivers outstanding performance,” he said. “Particularly the Volvo P5320B ABG tracked sensored paver. We get the excellent finish we look for in every project - without fail!”
Mr Reddy purchased his fleet of Volvo CE machines from Bengaluru-based Encore Heavy Machinery Pvt Ltd, Volvo CE’s distribution partner in the state of Karnataka. “Maintenance and service are no issues, thanks to them,” said Mr Reddy. “Encore Heavy Machinery helps us ensure maximum machine uptime.”
As for the future, Mr Reddy has an ambitious roadmap that envisions new roads in new areas.