Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has secured an Rs33.75bn ($530m) contract from the Government of Mauritius-owned Metro Express to design and build an Integrated Light Rail-based urban transit system in the country.
The contract was signed in the presence of the Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Collendavelloo, as well as other officials.
L&T received the contract via a competitive bidding process, and the works will be fully funded through a grant from the Government of India and line of credit (LoC).
L&T CEO and managing director SN Subrahmanyan said: “We are delighted that we have been able to carry our credentials as the foremost builders of metro and light rail transport systems in India, and the Middle East to Africa too.
“We are extremely grateful to the Government of Mauritius for having reposed faith in our expertise and we are confident of meeting their expectations and requirements.
“The new light rail system will significantly transform the way Mauritius will commute in the future and will also bring in economic benefits along the route.”
The 26-km route will connect Curepipe to Immigration Square in Port Louis and consist of 19 stops in total, including two elevated stations.
It will also connect three major bus interchanges, providing commuters with a multimodal urban transit solution.
In addition to the construction of the stations, the project will also see the fabrication of viaducts, bridges, track works, DC electric traction systems, ticketing and passenger information systems, and signalling units.
It also includes the procurement of rolling stock and maintenance equipment from various manufacturers, along with the construction of depots.
The full project is scheduled to be completed in 48 months, while an initial, 13km-long priority section is currently planned for delivery in 24 months.