Tata Projects, one of India’s highest growing and most admired infrastructure firms, announced, that it has commenced work on the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) project which the company has newly won in partnership with Aldesa of Spain.
This is the 1st major agreement awarded for the EDFC through an international competitive bidding process; It involves construction of a 337 kilometer (km) double track line and 14 km of single line between Bhaupur and Khurja in Uttar Pradesh. As Tata Sons announced, World Bank has sanctioned USD 975 million for this project, which will be a design-build lump sum agreement and will be executed within a time frame of 4 years.
The EDFC is an ambitious project of the ministry of railways, Government of India, which involves construction of 2 corridors, the eastern corridor from Ludhiana to Dankuni covering a length of 1,839 km and the western corridor from Dadri to Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Mumbai covering 1,499 km for promoting a seamless movement of rail freight traffic. The EDFC has been designed for 32.5 tonnes axle load, as compared to the present carriage tracks of 22.5 ton axle load, which is at par with the standard in America, Russia and China. Dedicated freight network is a key infrastructure project for Indian railways as it will segregate the passenger network from freight network. The corridor will also boost the speed of cargo trains by up to 100 km per hour.
“We are delighted to begin work on this prestigious project. Tata Projects, with its technological capabilities and execution excellence is best suited to deliver this project at par with global standards. Award of this contract is testimony to our capability in this area. This project is an important milestone towards modernization of India’s railways cargo transportation and we at Tata Projects look forward to pioneering new initiatives that contribute to the improvement of India and accelerated growth,” Mr. Vinayak Deshpande, Managing Director, Tata Projects, said.