Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd has awarded the contract for construction of rail flyover near Ganjkhwaja in Uttar Pradesh to a joint venture.
The JV between IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Ltd and GPT Infraprojects Ltd has received the letter of award from DFCCIL for the work of design and construction of the rail flyover. The contract also includes formation in embankments/cuttings including blanketing, bridges (major, minor and RUBs), supply and spreading of ballast and other related infrastructural works for double track electrified railway line in different stretches between Sonnagar (at 549km) and Dehri-on-Sone (at 554km) on Mughalsarai-Sonnagar section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor would be constructed to a total length of 1,839 km comprising two diverse segments—an electrified double-track segment of 1,392 km between Dankuni in West Bengal and Khurja in Uttar Pradesh; and an electrified single-track segment of 447 km between Ludhiana (Dhandarikalan)-Khurja-Dadri in the state of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. The corridor would have to take a diversion due to non-availability of space along the existing corridor, near important city centers and industrial townships. The alignment would bypass many towns including Mughalsarai. Several junction arrangements have also been planned to transfer two-way traffic from the existing Indian Railway Corridor to the DFC.
To traverse six states, the Eastern Corridor is projected to cater to a number of traffic streams like coal, finished steel, food grains, cement, fertilisers, lime stone and general goods. By 2021-22, the total traffic in up direction is projected to go up to 116 million tonnes and in the down direction to 28 million tonnes.