US-based construction consulting firm Hill International has secured two major rail contracts in India with a combined project value of nearly $4bn.

The new contracts are expected to strengthen Hill’s presence in the expanding infrastructure sector in India.

The first contract, awarded by Rail Vikas Nigam (RVNL), involves providing project management services for a programme that will double a 120km-long rail line section in Varanasi, located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

“Hill’s expertise and experience will be valuable in helping both undertakings achieve their goals and support the region’s ongoing growth.”

Under the second contract, Hill International will provide quality and safety auditing consultancy services for the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, a project funded by the World Bank.

The company will be working in conjunction with a consortium comprising Italferr and local consultant Vogue Construction and Consultancy Services. The consortium will provide the infrastructure for the 397km-long Sahnewal-Khurja section, as well as the nearly 46km-long double line electrified railway track for the Khurja-Dadri link.

Hill International Middle East regional president Abdo Kardous said: “Doubling the Varanasi Rail Line and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor are ambitious projects that present several technical challenges.

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“However, Hill’s expertise and experience will be valuable in helping both undertakings achieve their goals and support the region’s ongoing growth.”

Last month, the company won a contract to provide general consultancy services for the $2.26bn Mumbai Metro Line 4 in India from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority.

It secured the contract as a part of a consortium also including DB Engineering & Consulting and Louis Berger Consulting.