Rlys shortlists Japanese firms for freight corridor project

Written by Rajat Arora | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 19 2013, 06:30am hrs
Accelerating work on its ambitious 3,300-km-long dedicated freight corridors project, which is being constructed on the eastern and western flanks of the country at the cost of R90,000 crore, the railways has shortlisted two consortiums led by major Japanese infrastructure firms to develop a major portion of the western freight corridor stretch.

The final contract, for the construction of a 640-km-long route from Rewari to Palanpur at the cost of R6000 crore, will be awarded to the firm selected by the end of this month.

We have shortlisted Sojitz corporation-L&T and a consortium of Mitsui-IRCON-Leighton. The final bidding will be done by the end of this month, said a senior railway official. The work on the 1,500-km-long western corridor from Dadri to Mumbai, passing through Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat, is expected to start by May.

All clearances for the construction of the rail corridor have been taken and the work is expected to be on time. This would be longest rail track commissioned by the railways in one go in recent years, the official added. While this contract is likely to be completed in four years and is the first JICA funded contract, the current year will also witness other large-sized contracts being awarded. The deadline for the entire 3,300-km-long dedicated freight corridor project is 2016-17. Both the corridors are planned to be 100% electrified.

By July, additional contracts worth R8,000 crore are scheduled to be awarded for building other tracks on two sections, the official said.

This is the second major contract of dedicated freight corridors project, which will be awarded by the railways in a span of just one month. Last month, a contract for the construction of a 343-km-long double track line between Kanpur and Khurja in the eastern corridor, was awarded to Tata-Aldesa comprising Tata Projects India and Spain-based infrastructure construction group Aldesa.

The Western corridor is being funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the 1,839-km eastern corridor route connecting Ludhiana and Dhankuni (West Bengal) is being funded by the World Bank.