January 05, 2016

Tata Projects and consortium partners commence work on Western Dedicated Freight Corridor project

Besides Tata Projects, the consortium includes IRCON International and is led by Mistui & Co of Japan; 320km corridor stretch to be completed in 48 months

Hyderabad: Tata Projects, one of India’s fastest growing and most admired infrastructure companies, today announced that it is commencing work on the Rs4,328 crore project to build the 320km stretch of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, a dedicated freight line connecting Delhi and Mumbai. The company along with IRCON International, is part of the Express Freight Consortium, which is led by Mitsui & Co of Japan. Segregating freight traffic from passenger traffic shall pave the way for high speed movement of freight and is one of the most important infrastructure projects taken up by Indian Railways. 

The consortium plans to complete the work in scheduled time of 48 months using the latest technology of automated track laying machines. The machine lays the sleepers, special rails imported from Japan, and clamps all together in an automated manner simultaneously. The rails used are special `Head Hardened (HH)’ 250-meter long rails, which are welded together using Flash Butt welding machines, creating a smooth track.  The axle load of the track would be 32.5 tonne, at par with tracks in Japan, compared to the current Indian rail tracks of 25 tonne axle load. The project is for civil and track works and will be executed in two contract packages – Contract Package 12 between Vaitarana and Sachin (186km) and Contract Package 13 between Sachin and Vadodara (134km).

The Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) is an ambitious programme of the Ministry of Railways, Government of India, and involves construction of two corridors – the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor from Ludhiana to Dankuni and the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor from Dadri to Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Mumbai. It is being implemented by the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL).The DFC project will eventually link the four hubs of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata at the corners of India’s Golden Quadrilateral. The Japanese government has provided Yen loans for the Western DFC project under the Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP). To execute the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, Tata Projects will leverage its project execution expertise to carry out civil engineering work and lay tracks jointly with IRCON, while Mitsui will provide its established technical expertise.

On this occasion Vinayak Deshpande, managing director, Tata Projects, said, “We are delighted to be a part of this ambitious Dedicated Freight Corridor project for the second time, as we are already constructing a section of the Eastern Freight Corridor. The early commencement of work, within a short period of the award of contract, is testimony to our proven execution excellence and capabilities in this area. Tata Projects, along with the other consortium partners, aims to bring the best of the technological advancements for this project in line with global standards. This project is an important milestone towards modernisation of India’s rail freight transportation and we at Tata Projects are committed to the development of India.”