Adding to its project portfolio in the country's infrastructure sector, Tata Projects-led consortium in a recent cache has bagged the contract for two phases of Dedicated Freight Corridor (Western Region) for 300 km long stretch involving an investment of Rs. 3,000cr. The entire DFCCIL (Western) runs from Dadri in Haryana to JNPT in Maharashtra and in the bidding, it defeated another consortium partners including Soritz and L&T and has also received the final letter from the government to start the work on the project.
The project has been aimed at helping the country to have an infrastructure to run rail freight at more than 100 km per hour with 32.5 tons axle load capacity of the tracks, which will be on par with the best in the US, Russia and China.
At present, the freight runs on passenger tracks with axle load bearing capacity of 22.5 tons. The western dedicated freight corridor is a 1,600 km stretch that the government has planned to allocate through competitive bidding. In the first phase, L&T had won another around of 400 km stretch in 2013. Japan International Cooperation Agency would fund the mega project and prior to this, Tata Projects had also won a 350 km, Rs. 5,500cr stretch in the Eastern Freight Corridor jointly with Spanish construction giant Aldesa where building work is currently in full swing.