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Construction : Web Exclusive | June 2013 | Source : Construction Update

HCC to bid for Arpinchala-Dharam railway project in J&K

In Jammu and Kashmir, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) will bid for such upcoming works in this region like the 13-km Arpinchala-Dharam underground railway project. The company is undeterred by challenges it faced while executing two big-ticket infra projects in Banihal. The Mumbai-based firm has recently executed the 11-km long Pir Panjal railway tunnel, the third longest in the world, and also the Uri-II hydro power project in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Banihal-Qazigund railway tunnel, the longest in the country, was awarded to HCC in 2005. The track is now ready for the Railways. The amount of challenges the company had to face was mind-boggling. However, that does not deter the company from bidding for more projects and the firm is working on the same route that will connect between Dharam-Sumbar. Sources said that government has already come out with a tender inviting developers to bid for the Arpinchala to Dharam project and HCC is making preparations to bid for it.

HCC had bagged the Pir Panjal tunnel project from IRCON, a construction subsidiary of the Railways, in 2005. Though the initial cost of the project was Rs 400 crore, it went up to Rs 800 crore as the scope of the project widened. The tunnel, which connects the Bichelri valley of Banhial in Jammu with Qazigund in Kashmir, will reduce the distance between the two places to 18 km from 35 km by road.

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