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Chinese company signs Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail deal, to build 6km long tunnel from new Ashok Nagar to Sahidabad

India-China relations have been strained for some time due to the Line of Actual Control. The situation reached such a stage that even the Chinese company was canceled. However, according to news agency PTI, a Chinese company has been contracted to work on parts of the Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail project. The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), a Chinese company, has entered into an agreement with Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Company Limited for the 5.6 km underground stretch from New Ashok Nagar to Shahidabad on the Delhi-Merit RRTS project.

The NCRTC, implementing the country’s first Regional Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS), said the agreement was given following the prescribed procedures and guidelines. The company said, “It was bid by a number of companies. It requires acceptance at various levels. The bid was approved only after the prescribed procedures and guidelines.”

A spokesman for the NCRTC said, “Tenders have now been issued for all civil works on the 822-km Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor. Work is underway to complete the project on time.”

Let us tell you that the 822 km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is being constructed with the financial assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). According to ADB guidelines, all member states of the bank are allowed to participate in bidding without discrimination.

NRTCT has invited bids for construction of the tunnel from New Ashok Nagar to Delhi Ghaziabad Meerut RRTS Corridor Sahibabad on November 9, 2019. Five companies bid for it. They all deserved it.

Bids were opened after receiving NOC from ADB for technical bid evaluation. Of the five companies, Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Company Limited was awarded the contract after qualifying in all parameters.

In September last year, the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs unveiled the first look of the RRTS train, the design of which was inspired by Delhi’s iconic Lotus Temple. It can reach speeds of 180 kmph on the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor. According to the ministry, these stainless steel body trains will be quite light and fully air-conditioned.

The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor is the first RRTS corridor in the country. Officials said the travel time from Delhi to Meerut by road would be reduced from the current three to four hours.

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