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June 11, 2013

Larsen & Toubro and Sojitz win $1.15bn Indian freight corridor contract

A consortium comprising Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Japan's Sojitz has secured a Rs66.9bn ($1.15bn) contract from the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) to build a 626km rail line as part of the proposed western dedicated freight corridor (Western DFC) project.

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India-Western DFC Project

A consortium comprising Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Japan’s Sojitz has secured a Rs66.9bn ($1.15bn) contract from the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) to build a 626km rail line as part of the proposed western dedicated freight corridor (Western DFC) project.

The double-track line will pass through three Indian states, from Rewari in Haryana to Iqbalgarh in Gujarat via Rajasthan.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide funding for the new freight line, which will be a part of the 1,490km western corridor proposed between Dadri near Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust near Mumbai.

Under the project, Sojitz will undertake overall project management as well as procure Japanese-made rails, while L&T will be responsible for the design, construction and management of the railway.

Land acquisition for the section of the western freight corridor is almost complete and construction is scheduled to be completed in summer 2017.

"The double-track line will pass through three Indian states, from Rewari in Haryana to Iqbalgarh in Gujarat via Rajasthan."

Work will include the construction of 1,400km of railway line track, 1,300 bridges, of which 50 will be major structures, and 20 new stations.

Around 150,000t of rails will be imported from Japan for the project, and the track will be designed to transport 25t axle loads to run double stack freight containers.

According to L&T, the project has been planned to be carried out using completely mechanised means of track linking using the latest railway construction technology.

The consortium will also bid for civil and track works for other sections and electrification works of the Western DFC.


Image: Construction of the 626km double track line linking Rewari in Haryana to Iqbalgarh in Gujarat via Rajasthan will be completed in 2017. Photo: Sojitz Corporation.

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