The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) is a special purpose vehicle of the Indian Railways and has awarded a part of India's largest and the first-of-its-kind project in the rail sector - Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, to a consortium of Sojitz Corporation, Japan and Larsen and Toubro.
The Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (1483 km) will run from the Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai to Tughlakabad and Dadri near Delhi, passing through Haryana and Rajasthan. It would cater largely to the container transport requirements between existing and emerging ports in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
The engineering, procurement and construction order secured by the Sojitz-L and T Consortium involves construction of 626 km of a double track corridor from Rewari in Haryana to Iqbalgarh in Gujarat, via Rajasthan, spanning three states.
The consortium's scope includes construction of 1388 track km of railway line, 112 major bridges, 1188 minor bridges, 20 stations along with supply of equipment.
The project will be executed using mechanized means of sleepers and track lining machines using the latest technology in railway construction.
Adopting advanced construction technologies, the consortium is expected to complete the project in 48 months.
At a function in New Delhi on Monday, DFCCIL and Sojitz-L and T Consortium exchanged documents in the presence of several high ranking dignitaries including Takeshi Yagi, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan, Arunendra Kumar, Chairman - Railway Board and Chairman - DFCCIL, R.K. Gupta, Managing Director, DFCCIL, Toshihiko Kita, Managing Executive Officer and President of Machinery Division, Sojitz, S.N. Subrahmanyan, Member of the Board and Senior Executive Vice President, L and T.
Speaking on the occasion, Arunendra Kumar said: "Dedicated Freight Corridor marks a strategic inflexion point in the history of Indian Railways' freight infrastructure. It is expected to give a much needed fillip to the regional economy through the establishment of industrial corridors and multimodal logistics parks along its alignment."
Toshihiko Kita said: "Sojitz is delighted to be a part of this milestone infrastructural development in enhancing the Indian rail freight transportation to world-class levels."
--IBNS (Posted on 20-08-2013)