L&T JV wins Rs 3,200 cr order for Dhaka Metro

Construction major Larsen & Toubro said one of its joint ventures won a Rs 3,191 cr contract to design and build electrical and mechanical systems for the upcoming line 6 of the Dhaka Metro rail system in Bangladesh.

L&T has secured the order in JV with Marubeni Corporation (Japan) through a competitive bidding process.

Line 6 is the first route of the Mass Rapid Transit system in Bangladesh. The 20 km stretch is an elevated metro rail system connecting Uttara and Motijheel in Dhaka, passing through the busy areas of Pallabhi and Mirpur, with 16 stations and a Maintenance Depot.

The contract involves the construction of ballastless track work on 43 km of mainline track, ballasted track work in depot of 19 km, eight 1500V DC Traction Sub Stations, telecommunication system and radio communication based on LTE, Automatic Fare Collection System, Platform Screen Doors, Lifts, Escalators and overall system integration.

There will be a maintenance support service for a period of 6 years.

Being an Integrated Systems Project, it involves a significant amount of interfacing with viaduct & elevated station packages, depot and rolling stock contractors, the company said.

“This major order coming on the back of Mauritius LRT system won last year, is in line with our vision of becoming a ‘Full Range Rail System Integrator’,” said Rajeev Jyoti, CEO, Railways Strategic Business Group at L&T.

He called the deal “a path breaker” in the company’s overseas expansion strategy.

The metro project is funded by the Japan International Corporation agency (JICA) through bilateral aid from Japan to Bangladesh.