NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), implementing the bullet train project in the country, signed a second contract agreement with infrastructure conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for the design and construction of the 88 km long (approximately) viaducts between Vadodara and Ahmedabad in Gujarat, including the construction of an elevated station at Anand/Nadiad, maintenance depot, and bridges for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor on Wednesday, December 16.
With this, the NHSRCL has awarded civil contracts for the construction of 92 per cent of high-speed rail corridor alignment in Gujarat, which is 325 km out of 352 km in the state. According to NHSRCL, the agreement also includes five high-speed rail corridor stations namely Vapi, Billimora, Surat, Bharuch, and Anand/Nadiad, train depot at Surat as well as one mountain tunnel of 350 metres.
These contracts are likely to provide a boost to the steel and cement industries and its allied supply chains. The total cost of the awarded contracts is Rs. 32000 crores approximately, according to the organisation.
“NHSRCL team has signed two big contracts for the civil works of MAHSR project in last one month. As the construction works will soon start, besides the steel and cement industries the local industries, manufactures and allied supply chains will also get a boost. The construction activities will also create jobs, for which NHSRCL has already started providing construction-related training,” said Mr Achal Khare, Managing Director of NHSRCL.
Earlier, NHSRCL signed a contract agreement with L&T for the 237 km long viaduct between Vapi (Zaroli village at Maharashtra-Gujarat border) and Vadodara (Gujarat). This is said to be the country’s biggest infrastructure contract for construction and design. The contract involved 47 per cent of the high-speed rail alignment, which includes the construction of four corridor stations and a depot.