Hindustan Construction Company has been awarded a contract worth Rs.442.52 crore by Ircon International Ltd for construction of a tunnel and two bridges between Aprinchala and Sumber stations on Dharam-Qazigund section of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla new broad gauge railway line project in Jammu & Kashmir. The project is expected to be completed in 48 months from the date of commencement of work. HCC has received the letter of award from Ircon.

The contract involves construction of 5.1-km long tunnel T49A, substructure of 445m long bridge-2 and 346m long bridge-3 and earthworks at Sumber yard totaling about 6.4 km stretch on Dharam-Qazigund section of the Jammu & Kashmir rail link. The proposed stretch is adjacent to the 10.2-km T48 tunnel between Sumber and Sangaldan stations, which is being constructed by HCC. The company had received the order of T48 tunnel in September 2012. The company completed the Pir Panjal Railway tunnel, the longest transportation tunnel in India, constructed between Quazigund and Banihal in June 2013, almost seven years of execution. The tunnel was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.1,300 crore.

Ircon International Ltd has been entrusted with the task to construct the Baramulla-Dharam section of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link. The railway line from Baramulla to Quazigund (119 km) was operational for public since October 2009.

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