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Mitsui, Tata Projects, IRCON consortium commence work on Western Dedicated Freight Corridor Project

TATA Projects Limited, there one of India’s fastest growing and most admired infrastructure companies, unhealthy today announced that it is commencing work on the INR 4,328 Crore project to build the 320-kilometer stretch of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, a dedicated freight line connecting Delhi and Mumbai. The company, along with IRCON International Limited, is part of the Express Freight Consortium, which is led by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. 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 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 tons, at par with tracks in Japan, compared to the current Indian rail tracks of 25 ton axle load. The project, is for civil and track works and will be executed in 2 Contract Packages – Contract Package 12 between Vaitarana and Sachin (186 Km) and Contract Package 13 between Sachin and Vadodara (134 Km).

The Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) is an ambitious programme of the Ministry of Railways, Government of India, involving 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 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.

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