Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCI) awarded a Rs 6,700 crore contract, the single largest rail contract so far in the country, to a consortium of L&T and Sojitz, a Japanese infrastructure major.
The consortium is said to have received the letter of award for the project. According to the terms of the contract, the consortium is responsible for laying an 643 km of rail track between Rewari in Haryana and Palanpur in Gujarat.
The tracks will be laid in such a way that it can support higher axle load — of 25 tonne per axle — and also be able to carry double-stack containers. As the project is funded by a Japanese agency, about 150,000 tonne of steel rails will be imported from the country.
DFCCI is said to have acquired land for the project and has also secured clearances for cutting some 25,000-30,000 trees.
DFCCI plans to set up 1,483-km corridor on the Western states of the country between Dadri near New Delhi and JN Port near Mumbai and the above contract is part of this project.