The National High Speed Rail Corporation on Monday signed a contract agreement for procurement and fabrication of 28 steel bridges for the Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor with Larsen & Toubro- IHI Infrastructure Systems consortium. The contract is worth Rs 1,390 crore.
The heavy civil infrastructure business of L&T Construction secured a contract from two packages [P4(X) & P4(Y)] of the MAHSR with ISI of Japan, in January 2021, to procure, fabricate, assemble, paint and transport 28 bridges — steel truss superstructures with bearings-to various sites that will cross over roads/ rivers/railway lines and other structures.
According to Achal Khare, managing director, NHSRCL, the actual construction work has begun for the MAHSR corridor and matters are taking shape. This is the third significant contract awarded by NHSRCL for the project.
Mumbai–Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor is an under-construction high-speed rail line connecting the cities of Ahmedabad and India’s economic hub Mumbai. When completed, it will be India’s first high-speed rail line. Construction was expected to begin by April 2020 and the project was expected to be completed by December 2023. The corridor will use as its rolling stock. Due to delays acquiring land, the completion date was pushed back to December 2028. As of July 2020, 60% of required land has been acquired and the rest is “almost on the verge of completion”, civil works tenders covering 68% corridor (345 km out of 508 km, of 245 km 77% land in Gujarat, 80% in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and 22% in Maharashtra) and a separate tender for 28 steel bridges have been allocated, remaining tendering process is under way.