TOKYO -- Japanese heavy machinery maker IHI has landed an order to build 17 rail bridges in India with local construction company Larsen & Toubro amid growing demand for infrastructure upgrades.
The roughly 21 billion yen ($168 million) order from the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corp. of India, under the Ministry of Railways, covers parts of a roughly 1,500km freight rail route between Delhi and Mumbai.
The two companies will work on three sections totaling 555km of the high-speed corridor. They will build steel bridges from 60 meters to 1,400 meters long at 12 sites, and concrete bridges of around 7 meters to 21 meters at five sites. Work begins next month and is expected to wrap up in September 2019.
The high-speed-rail plan is the centerpiece of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project jointly undertaken by India and Japan. The project taps Japanese official development assistance expected to top 450 billion yen.
IHI has worked on major bridge construction projects abroad before. But the new project is its first in India as well as its largest overseas bridge construction order for the current fiscal year.
The company completed a cable-stayed bridge in Vietnam with Sumitomo Mitsui Construction in December 2014. IHI has also been working in Turkey on a suspension bridge expected to be the world's fourth-longest upon completion in 2016.