Ayesa, a Spanish multinational which specialises in engineering, technology and consultancy (ETC), has bagged a 40-million-euro contract to provide technical assistance (General Consultancy) for India’s first rapid rail line, which will run between Delhi and Meerut.
The company, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in India this year, has secured this major contract, in consortium with Italferr, for the management and supervision of the entire rail corridor, except for the civil works supervision. As such, it covers all phases from tender and design through to commissioning and initial operating.
The Regional Rapid Transport System (RRTS) is one of the most ambitious projects in the National Capital State Territory of Delhi. Promoted by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), it will be a real trailblazer in the country, with a design speed of 180 kilometres per hour. The line will allow 82 kilometres to be covered in just 62 minutes, almost half of the current journey time, and will form a semi-high-speed link joining the cities of Delhi, Ghaziabad and Meerut. The aim is to improve the transport system in New Delhi and the Delhi metropolitan area, one of the world's largest with a population of around 57 million.
The Delhi-Meerut corridor is one of three corridors that the Government has established as a priority, although the plan involves eight lines in total. With an allocated budget of 3.8 billion euros for its construction, the system is expected to be operational in 2025.
This new contract is yet another achievement for Ayesa, following the recent signing of a contract with NCRTC to design four of the elevated stations for this corridor (Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar and Duhai) as well as 2 depots.
‘After having participated in various Metro Rail projects, these two contracts are further testimony to our position as a leading engineering company with outstanding technical expertise in the field of transport in India. The focus of the company on establishing a local and permanent presence in the country ten years ago has resulted in continued growth and contracts which are increasingly more extensive and diverse’, explains José Luis Manzanares Abásolo, CEO of Ayesa.