Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) has been awarded a prestigious contract worth Rs. 1749.59 crore by IRCON International Ltd. to construct two tunnels and a bridge on Katra – Banihal Section of Udhampur – Srinagar – Baramulla New BG Railway Line Project. The project will be completed in 30 months.
The contract involves construction of two main tunnels (T13 & part of T14) totaling 12.8 km along with parallel safety tunnels, a 200 m bridge adjoining these two tunnels and a station yard at Basindadhar.
This is the fourth order HCC has been awarded by IRCON international Ltd. The first order was to construct 11 km long Pir Panjal Railway tunnel, the longest transportation tunnel in India, which has been successfully commissioned. The other two orders include construction of 10.2 km long T48 tunnel between Sumber and Sangaldan stations and 5.1 km long tunnel T49A which are currently under construction.
Commenting on the order, Arun Karambelkar, President & CEO, HCC Ltd, said “HCC is pioneer in tunnelling works with over 300 kms of tunnels constructed so far by various methodologies and in some of the most challenging geologies in the world. Besides, the company is currently engaged in tunnelling works of over 280 kms across various sectors. Repeat orders from IRCON reflect our expertise in executing complex projects under challenging conditions.”
IRCON International Ltd, an autonomous constructing agency for the Indian Railways, was entrusted with the task to construct of Baramulla to 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. The Pir Panjal tunnel constructed between Quazigund and Banihal was inaugurated in July 2013, extending the train service till Banihal.
HCC is a business group of global scale developing and building responsible infrastructure through next practices. With an engineering heritage of nearly 100 years, HCC has executed a majority of India’s landmark infrastructure projects, having constructed 26% of India’s Hydel Power generation and over 65% of India’s Nuclear Power generation capacities, over 3,600 lane km of Expressways and Highways, more than 300 km of complex Tunnelling and over 350 Bridges. Today, HCC Ltd. serves the infrastructure sectors of Transportation, Power and Water. HCC is also developing Lavasa City, a planned hill city and one of India’s largest urban development and management initiatives. The HCC Group, with a group turnover of Rs 8,768 crore, comprises of HCC Ltd., HCC Infrastructure Co. Ltd, Lavasa Corporation Ltd. and Steiner AG in Switzerland.