The work has been divided into two packages: design and construction of the 175km Sahnewal - Pikhani section, which passes through the northern states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab, and the 46km Dadri - Khurja stretch in Uttar Pradesh.

The company , which was selected from six bidders following an international tender, will not be required to provide significant investment for the project, which will be implemented on an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) basis.

GMR is already working on the 417km Mughalsarai - Karchana - Bhaupur section of the Eastern DFC in Uttar Pradesh. DFCCIL recently awarded a consortium of Larson & Toubro, India, and Spanish partner Inabensa a Rs 8.5bn contract to install 25kV 50Hz electrification on this section.