The 320km long freight corridor between Vadodra in Gujarat and Vaitarna in Maharashtra, which is being built by the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCI) at an investment of Rs. 4,000cr, has attracted infrastructure building giant of global repute like Sojitz, Mitsui, Marubeni and Fujita among scores of others. The stretch, which falls in the western freight corridor, will connect Dadri in Uttar Pradesh with JN Port in Maharashtra, said DFCCI sources adding that the civil construction work would be branched out into two slices from Vadodra to Sachin (134 km) and Sachin to Vaitarna (186 km) but the tender procedure would be carried out together.

They further said that the bidding for the project would be completed very shortly after which the selected names would be sent to Japan International Cooperative Agency (JICA), the funding agency for the 1,500-km western freight corridor. The contract in question would be the third major venture being awarded on the western freight corridor. The DFCC has already shortlisted companies for the Rs. 4,000-crore contract of building a 300-km stretch between Palanpur-Vadodra and the bidding will be carried out very shortly. The railways already awarded the contract for the 640-km Rewari-Palanpur stretch to the consortium of Sojitz & Larsen & Toubro. The 1,800-km eastern freight corridor, from Ludhiana to Dhankuni connecting Khurja and Kanpur has been awarded at a cost of Rs.3,300cr.