Indian construction giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has won an order worth INR33.75bn ($530.3m) from the Mauritius government owned company Metro Express to design and build an integrated light rail-based urban transit system in the country.
The project, which has been won against competition, will be fully funded through a government of India grant and line of credit.
The 26km integrated light rail-based urban transit system will connect Curepipe to Immigration Square in Port Louis. The route will include 19 stations, of which two will be elevated stations. Additionally, the alignment will connect three major bus interchanges, enabling a multimodal urban transport.
The scope of the contract also includes the construction of viaducts & bridges, track works, DC electric traction systems, ticketing and passenger information systems and the integration of the line with road traffic through advanced signalling systems.
Furthermore, the contract also covers signalling systems, the procurement of rolling stock and construction of depots along with maintenance equipment.
The project is scheduled to be completed in 48 months; however, L&T have agreed to complete and deliver a priority section of 13km in 24 months.
Rajeev Jyoti, CEO of the Railways Strategic Business Unit, which resides within the Transportation Infrastructure business of L&T Construction, said: “This order is perfectly in sync with our strategy to expand L&T’s Railways business into markets beyond India and we are extremely happy to have found a foothold in the African continent.
“We are already building the Riyadh and Doha metros apart from 17 other metros in India and with this project we are looking forward to spreading our influence in Africa too.”