Global construction risk management provider Hill International has won two major rail contracts in India, amounting to $4bn of work.
The first contract is from Rail Vikas Nigam Limited and involves the provision of project management services that will see the doubling of the 120 km of rail line in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, situated in the north of the country.
Hill’s second contract comes in the east of India, and entails providing quality control and health and safety consulting for the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, a World Bank-backed project.
The American firm will be working in conjunction with the consortium of Italferr S.P.A and local consultant Vogue Construction and Consultancy Services for the related infrastructure for the 397 km Sahnewal-Khurja section and double line electrified railway track for the Khurja-Dadri link, which is around 46 km.
Abdo E. Kardous, Regional President for the Middle East, said: “Doubling the Varanasi Rail Line and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor are ambitious projects that present several technical challenges.
“However, Hill’s expertise and experience will be valuable in helping both undertakings achieve their goals and support the region’s ongoing growth.”
These two contract wins are the latest in a series of work which has seen Hill grow its presence in the fast-growing Indian infrastructure sector. Worldwide, Hill International has more than 3,000 professionals in more than 50 offices.
India’s economy is set to grow 7.3% in the 2018-19 financial year, according to BMI Research, which analysts are saying will result in increased funds for transport and other infrastructure projects.
Last year Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $59bn to upgrading roads, rail and airport across India.