INDIA: Dedicated Freight Corridor Corp of India Ltd has awarded a design and build contract covering the civil works for the 402 km New Bhaupur (Kanpur) – Mughalsarai section of the Eastern DFC, which will eventually run for 1 839 km from Ludhiana to Dankuni near Kolkata.

The Rs50·8bn contract was signed on May 27 with the GIL-SIL joint venture of GMR Infrastructure and SEW Infrastructure. It covers embankments, bridges, trackwork, maintenance depots and other buildings for the 100 km/h double-track freight line, and was awarded on a lump sum basis with financing from the World Bank.

Civil works contracts have now been awarded for 871 km of the Eastern DFC between Khurja and Sonnagar, and DFCCIL said construction of the 343 km Khurja – New Bhaupur and 126 km Mughalsarai – Sonnagar sections is ‘progressing at a fast pace’.