A consortium of India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Construction and Japan’s Sojitz Corp has secured the contract for a rail link in northern India.

The contract, valued at INR 3,799 crores (US$ 569 million), includes the design and construction of a detour section of the Western Corridor freight route. The line, at the northern end of the corridor, will run through the states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

The scope of the work for the consortium includes 315 km of railway line, 29 major and 240 minor bridges, a long tunnel, 2 traction sub stations, 321 track km of overhead equipment, supervisory control and data acquisition works and Intermediate block signalling at five Stations, as well as the supply of all associated equipment.

This section will be designed for 25 tonne axle load track, 2x25 kV traction power system with high rise overhead equipment and Intermediate block signalling, suitable for double-stack containers dedicated for freight transport.

Additionally, L&T will be electrifying the entire Western Corridor route, from Dadri to the port of Jawaharlal Nehru in Mumbai.

With this contract, L&T will be responsible for constructing 1,042 km of track out of a total 1,464 km in the Western Corridor.

The project will be funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency.

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