Hill International wins Indian rail contracts worth $4bn

US project manager Hill International has been awarded two contracts in India’s rail sector worth a total of $4bn.

One was awarded by state firm Rail Vikas Nigam Limited to project manage a doubling in length of the 120km Varanasi Rail Line in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Hill’s second project involves work on the Sahnewal-Khurja and Khurja-Dadri sections of the World Bank-funded Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, also in northern India.

The firm will work with in a consortium with Italian state-owned train operator Italferr and local consultant Vogue.

The team will focus on auxiliary infrastructure for the 397km Sahnewal-Khurja section and double the length of the 46km electrified track for the Khurja-Dadri link.

Abdo Kardous, Hill’s regional president for the Middle East, said: "Doubling the Varanasi Rail Line and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor are ambitious projects that present several technical challenges.

"However, Hill’s expertise and experience will be valuable in helping both undertakings achieve their goals and support the region’s ongoing growth."

Image: Dadri rail station (Wikimedia Commons/Tapuu)

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