Siemens, Alstom in fray for DFCC signalling project

Written by Rajat Arora | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 29 2013, 05:49am hrs
Worlds major signalling and electrification companies, including Siemens and Alstom, are eyeing the first signalling and electrification contract of Indias most ambitious rail infrastructure project of building dedicated freight corridors on the eastern and western flanks of the country.

The bids of six consortiums ANABENSA-Ansaldo-EMC-BCEPL, Angleque-COBRA, KEC-ELECNOR-KYOSAN, TPL-IISA-LSIS, Siemens consortium and Alstom Consortium are being reviewed by the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation (DFCC) of Indian Railways. The dedicated freight corridor project includes construction of 3,300 route km of eastern and western corridors at an estimated cost of R95,000 crore.

These consortiums have applied for a R2,000 crore contract of signalling and electrification of the 343 km route between Khurja and Kanpur on the eastern corridor. The bids are being reviewed by the railways and the shortlisting will be done by the end of next month, a senior railway officer told FE. This is the first signalling and electrification project of the dedicated freight corridors, which is planned to be 100% electrified.

The details of the companies, which have applied for the signalling and electrification contract would be sent to the World Bank, the funding agency, and after its clearance the names of companies selected to undertake the work would be announced, the officer added.

The track construction contract of the 343 km route on the eastern corridor was awarded to a joint venture of Tata-Aldesa in January and the civil construction work is expected to begin in another 15 days.

The 1,839-km eastern corridor route connects Ludhiana and Dhankuni (West Bengal). The eastern corridor is being funded by the World Bank, whereas, the 1500-km western corridor, connecting Dadri (UP) with Mumbai, is being funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The World Bank is financing the eastern corridor project from Mughal Sarai to Ludhiana, the rest of the stretch from Mughal Sarai to Dankuni is being financed in two modes from Mughal Sarai to Sonnagar, the 150 km stretch is being financed through railway equity and the 540-km Sonnagar-Dankuni section is to be implemented on PPP basis.

The total in principle loan commitment by the World Bank is $ 2.725 billion, which it is releasing in tranches.