Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) has secured a new engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract valued at INR7.74bn ($116.9m) in India.
The contract, awarded by Rail Vikas Nigam (RVNL), involves the construction of the third rail line between Jimidipeta and Gotlam on the East Coast Railway.
The 105km-long rail line will be located in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
Under the terms of the contract, RInfra will be responsible for the track, electrification, signalling, civil and telecom works of the rail line.
The work package also includes the construction of 13 railway stations and staff quarters.
Reliance Infrastructure EPC CEO Arun Gupta said: “RInfra has strong credential in successful execution of complex EPC projects in various sectors including railway and metro space.
“This order marks our foray into Railway EPC segment and further strengthens Reliance Infrastructure Limited’s bona fide to lead in construction of rail transportation systems.”
The railway line between Jimidipeta and Gotlam forms a part of the Titlagarh-Vizianagaram section and serves as a key link connecting Jharsuguda to Visakhapatnam, as well as a bypass rail link to the Howrah-Mumbai trunk route and the Howrah-Chennai main line of the East Coast region.
Furthermore, the line segment also supports freight and passenger movement from Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Raygada to Koraput on the Kottavalsa-Kirandaul line.
The addition of the third line is expected to facilitate rail transport as well as support the development of the entire region.
The company won the contract in a joint venture with Astaldi, where it will be responsible for the construction of North South Metro-4 corridor that will run from Kasarwadavali in Thane to Wadala.