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Sudhir’s VCON wins Sh34bn mega contract for IUIU construction project

VCON Construction Director, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia and IUIU Principal Prof Ismail Gyagenda Ssimbwa after signing the mega contract last week (Photo/Courtesy)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: VCON Construction (U) Limited, a prominent civil engineering firm and a subsidiary of the Ruparelia Group has been awarded a mega contract worth $9.1 million (UGX 34 billion) by the Islamic Development Bank to construct state-of-the-art infrastructure at Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) main campus in Mbale.

The construction project will involve VCON constructing a state-of-the-art Faculty of Engineering and a 500-bed hostel at the prestigious Islamic University in Mbale.

The contract for the project was signed last week (August 2, 2023), at the IUIU Kampala Campus in Kibuli in the presence of Vcon Directors represented by Dr Sudhir Ruparelia (chairman of the Ruparelia Group), and Mr Rajiv Ruparelia, the Group’s managing director, while IUIU was represented by Prof. Ismail Simbwa Gyagenda, the Principal of IUIU.

Prof. Gyagenda, speaking after the signing, emphasized the project’s overdue status and urged the contractor to adhere to the agreed-upon timeline, specifications, and standards for the project’s completion.

“This project is very important as science and technology is the driver of growth in e country and the entire world,” said Prof Gyagenda, before further urging the contractor to meet the agreed specifications and standards.

Dr Sudhir Ruparelia on behalf of VCON, the contractors assured the Islamic University that the project would be finished punctually while upholding high standards and quality. “Currently, our company has 11 ongoing construction projects and this is going to be added on with enough technical capacity,” Dr Sudhir said.

As per the contract terms, the completion of the project is anticipated within 15 months.

About VCON

Incorporated on 4th April 2016 as a Building and Civil Engineering Construction Company, VCon Construction has an impressive track record of successfully executed projects.

Notable among them is the opulent Kingdom Kampala Mall, a towering commercial edifice that boasts a valuation in the millions. In addition to this, VCon has also triumphantly delivered two distinctive residential apartment ventures, namely Tagore Living and Bukoto Living.

Originating from an exclusive focus on constructing properties for the esteemed Ruparelia Group’s diverse real estate and hospitality endeavours, VCon Construction has now ascended to become a prominent player in the Ugandan construction landscape.

As the construction commences, all eyes are on Vcon as they embark on this transformative project that is set to shape the future of engineering education in Uganda and elevate the university’s academic offerings to new heights.

According to Vcon Directors, the company is dedicated and focused on the Ugandan scene because they are very much familiar with the market which will lead them to perform well in the current competitive construction sector.

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