L&T wins Rs6,700 crore freight corridor project
L&T Construction has won a major order worth Rs6,699.50 crore from the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd. (DFCCIL). The company has secured the project along with its consortium partner Sojitz Corp., Japan. The EPC order involves construction of 626 km of a double track corridor from Rewari in Haryana to Iqbalgarh in Gujarat, via Rajasthan, spanning three states. This is the country’s largest project awarded so far in rail sector and the first of its kind in India.
DFCCIL is a special purpose vehicle of the Indian Railways, mandated to build dedicated freight corridors. This project will be funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and is part of the 1,490 km western corridor proposed between Dadri (near Delhi) and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (near Mumbai).
The track will be designed for 25 MT axle load to run double stack containers dedicated for freight. Around 1.5 lakh MT of rails will be imported from Japan for this project. The scope of work includes construction of 1400 track km of railway line, 50 major & 1250 minor bridges, 20 stations along with supply of all associated equipment.
The project has been planned to be executed using completely mechanized means of track linking using the latest technology in railway construction, the company said, adding that the project is expected to be completed in four years.
The successful award of this Design and Build contract by DFCCIL will pave way for finalization of other DFCC packages which are in various stages of the bidding process.