TWO Japanese-Indian consortia - Sojitz-L&T and Mitsui, Ircon and Leighton - have prequalified for civil works on a 640km section of the 1499km western dedicated freight corridor which will eventually connect Jawaharlal Nehru Port Terminal in Mumbai with Tughlakabad/ Dadri freight terminal in Delhi.
Indian Railways (IR) has agreed to be included in the southern corridor of the planned Trans-Asian Railway network.
As a result, IR will need to build a 97km rail link between Jiribam and Tupul at an estimated cost of Rs 30bn ($US 586m) under the first phase of the project.
Mumbai is one of the world's largest cities and India's commercial core, but it has trailed behind Delhi in terms of metro development. However, the finishing touches are now being added to the first line and work is progressing rapidly on two more, as Jagdish Kumar explains.