UMSL: Delivering EPC Excellence Guided by Core Committed Values

Paramita Panda (Mishra),Vice Chairman and Managing Director

Paramita Panda (Mishra)

Vice Chairman and Managing Director

With an aim to be one of the Top 10 EPC companies in India and creating a niche in the infrastructure sector, Utkal Manufacturing Services Ltd (UMSL) (presently reincorporated as UMSL Ltd) founded in 1990 has come a long way since its inception. Today, the company with a focus in the states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Maharashtra, has evolved into a successful and profitable entity with a 500+ workforce sitting out of multiple locations within the country.

Dealing extensively in the Engineering, Construction, Procurement (EPC) & Logistics domains, USML in its years of operations has expertly undertaken numerous heavy-duty projects in housing & building, canals, and construction of major roadways in the remotest are as with difficult terrains, along with key projects for railways and water pipelines. Ensuring quality services, UMSL collaborates with reputed industry consultants like Arki-techno, MaRS, and Sheladia for designing varied EPC projects.

Some of UMSL's notable constructions include the Biju Expressway projects of 5 remotely located river bridges, the World Bank-funded Jagatpur Nischintakoili road project, the Griha-rated seven-storied NSIC Building, the double-barrel RCC structure of Narsinghpur Canal Project, and many more. Adding to the company's laurels are its major ongoing projects for Indian Railways, the
Narasinghpur, Cuttack Branch Canal Construction, and the strategic Jhamujhadi-Basudevpur-Dhamara road project under Orissa's State Highways Development Programme using nano-technology, a first in the state.

Operational pillars are means to easing functionality
UMSL is essentially guided by 7 pillars of which form the basis of its core Philosophy: Safety, Learning, Agility, Integrity, Empowerment, Innovation, and Quality. Speaking of the company's tenacious approach, Ms. Paramita Panda (Mishra), MD & Vice Chairperson, UMSL says, "Throughout our company, we have a framework of set principles which enhances our operational efficiency like the meticulous planning we do prior to any project, the operational autonomy we provide to local sites for taking decisions on resources and manpower, making timely vendor payments for quality assurance and by far the foremost ability to make quick decisions; a very import-ant trait in our line of work."

As UMSL continues to undertake newer projects in varied locations and given the heavy-duty nature of their domain of operation, an acute focus is on the safety area which revolves around not just employee security but also in the quality of the construction methodology. "We do constant improvisations in technologies, technicalities and conduct regular training programs for the workforce to ensure that the best levels of precaution and safety standards are upgraded and maintained. In all our sites, PPE is mandatory. There is a dedicated team at each site headed by central safety in charge, all of whom ensure that safety practices are adhered to. Asafety review by the management is also in place along with an interesting incentive scheme to reward those sites which have performed the best with zero deviations to safety standards," added Ms. Paramita.

With a select project focus approach that the company bases itself, it promises end-to-end EPC services to its clients assuring optimum de-sign to achieve their objectives added with O&M services which provide for the project's overall maintenance and relives the clients greatly of project-related hassles. In its promise of delivering the clients the optimum, UMSL seeks to adopt state-of-the-art technologies when it comes to project monitoring and efficacy like using high-end drones to keep remote clients updated on their project status.

With a long list of impressive clientele and critical projects under its belt, as UMSL seeks to strengthen its pan-India presence, the efforts and management style of its experienced senior management, its smart and reliable workforce with the business ethical approach has furthered its position as a trusted entity in varied construction verticals. Setting strides for a stronger foothold, UMSL now targets to have an annual turnover of INR 2,500 crores by the year 2024.