India-based construction services provider Reliance Infrastructure has secured its first railway project worth INR7.74bn ($117.7m) for the construction of third rail line between Jimidipeta and Gotlam on East Coast Railway in India.
The rail project, awarded by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), will be delivered on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis. The order also represents RVNL’s first EPC contract for railway project.
The 105km railway will run in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. The scope of work includes civil, track, electrification, signalling and telecom works of the rail line. It also includes the construction of 13 railway stations and accommodation for staff members.
The railway line between Jimidipeta to Gotlam forms part of Titlagarh - Vizianagaram section.
Titlagarh - Vizianagaram is a double line (electrified) track section of Jharsuguda -Visakhapatnam line.
Reliance Infrastructure stated that the rail line is a key link between Jharsuguda and Visakhapatnam, and serves as a bypass Rail link to Howrah - Mumbai trunk route and Howrah - Chennai main line of East Coast region.
The line is expected to cater to the goods and passenger traffic from Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Raygada with Koraput on the Kottavalsa - Kirandaul line.
On winning the project, Reliance Infrastructure EPC CEO Arun Gupta said: “RInfra has strong credential in successful execution of complex EPC projects in various sectors including railway and metro space.
“This order marks our foray into Railway EPC segment and further strengthens Reliance Infrastructure Limited’s bona fide to lead in construction of rail transportation systems. The company is well positioned in the emerging railway market and poised to capture a sizable share.”
Previously, Reliance Infrastructure delivered large-scale projects, including the ultra mega power project (UMPP) of 3,960MW at Sasan, Madhya Pradesh. The infrastructure firm has been focusing on projects in power, roads, railways, defence and ports.