Tata Projects begins work on Eastern DFC project
TATA Projects Limited today announced that it has commenced work on the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor project, which the company has recently won in partnership with Aldesa of Spain.
This is the first major contract awarded for the Eastern DFC through an international competitive bidding process and involves construction of a 337 kilometers double track line, and 14 kms of single line – between Bhaupur and Khurja in Uttar Pradesh. The World Bank has sanctioned $975 million for this complete project. This will be a Design-Build Lump sum contract and will be executed within a time frame of 4 years.
The Dedicated Freight Corridor is an ambitious programme of the Ministry of Railways, Government of India, which involves construction of two corridors which are the eastern corridor from Ludhiana to Dankuni covering a length of 1,839 kilometers and the western corridor from Dadri to Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Mumbai covering 1,499 kilometers for promoting a seamless movement of rail freight traffic. The Dedicated Freight Corridor has been designed for 32.5 ton axle load as compared to the current carriage tracks of 22.5 ton axle load which is at par with the standard in America, Russia and China. Dedicated freight network is a key infrastructure project for Indian railways as it will segregate the passenger network from freight network. The corridor will also increase the speed of freight trains upto 100 Kilometers per hour.
Vinayak Deshpande, managing director, Tata Projects Limited, said, “We are delighted to commence work on this prestigious project. TATA Projects with its technological capabilities and execution excellence is best suited to deliver this project at par with Global standards. Award of this contract is testimony to our capability in this area. This project is an important milestone towards modernization of India’s railways freight transportation and we at TATA Projects look forward to pioneer new initiatives that contribute to the development of India and accelerated growth.”
Tata Projects will leverage its execution expertise and Aldesa will provide technical knowhow of mechanical track laying for high speed trains that will significantly reduce goods transit time.