Larsen and Toubro (L&T), along with Japanese major Sojitz Corporation, has emerged as the lowest bidder for Rewari-Palanpur rail freight corridor project.
L&T with Sojitz Corporation submitted a price quote of about Rs 6,700 crore. The scope of the project involves civil and track construction of 640-km stretch between Rewari in Haryana and Palanpur in Gujarat. The stretch is part of the 1,483-km Western Rail Freight Corridor to be built between Dadri near Delhi and JN Port near Mumbai.
The Western freight corridor is being built with low-cost funds of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The loan condition requires about 30 per cent of project value to be given to Japanese firms. JICA has provided a low cost loan of yen 136 billion (approx. Rs 75.17 crore) for construction of freight corridor between Dadri and JN Port, at an interest rate of 0.2 per cent, to be repaid over 40 years.
Earlier, Tata Projects-Aldesa consortium bagged a Rs 3,300 crore civil works contract for 343 km Bhaupur-Khurja Eastern Freight Corridor.