L&T Secures ‘Mega’ Order from Bullet Train Project


Infrastructure major Larsen and Toubro’s (L&T) construction arm has secured a significant ‘mega’ contract from the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) to undertake the construction of a crucial stretch within the prestigious Mumbai Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project. The contract encompasses the 135.45 km stretch known as the MAHSR – C3 package, a critical component of the ambitious bullet train project.

In an official stock exchange filing, L&T Construction revealed that the MAHSR – C3 package involves the construction of viaducts, stations, major river bridges, depots, tunnels, earth structures, and other auxiliary works. The project is a vital link in the approximately 508 km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail project, popularly known as the MAHSR Bullet Train project. The bullet train line will span 155.76 km in Maharashtra, 4.3 km in the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and 348.04 km in Gujarat, featuring a total of 12 stations along the route.

While the financial details of the contract have not been disclosed by L&T, it has been classified as a ‘mega’ order, signifying its significant value, which is typically more than Rs 7,000 crore. The prestigious contract win has spurred a positive market response for L&T, with its shares surging by approximately 4 per cent to reach a 52-week high of Rs 2,594.40 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). The stock closed at Rs 2,586.25, ending the day with a gain of 3.88 per cent, and stood as the lead gainer among Sensex shares.

The award of the ‘mega’ contract reinforces L&T’s position as a major player in the construction and infrastructure sector, further solidifying its stature as a reliable partner in high-profile national projects. The company’s extensive expertise in executing large-scale projects has garnered the confidence of the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited, making L&T the preferred choice for a crucial segment of the bullet train initiative.

The Mumbai Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project is a transformative infrastructure undertaking that aims to revolutionize rail connectivity between the two major cities. The bullet train will significantly reduce travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, providing commuters with a faster and more efficient mode of transportation. Additionally, the project will contribute to regional economic development, create employment opportunities, and enhance overall connectivity in the western region of India.

As L&T gears up to embark on the MAHSR – C3 package, meticulous planning, cutting-edge technology, and adherence to strict timelines will be paramount to ensure the successful completion of this critical stretch. The company’s track record of delivering complex projects within stipulated timelines and its ability to overcome engineering challenges position it well to undertake this high-speed rail construction with utmost precision and efficiency.

The board of Larsen and Toubro is scheduled to convene on July 25 to approve the financial results for the first quarter of 2023-24. The company’s recent win of the ‘mega’ contract for the Mumbai Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project is expected to bolster investor confidence and contribute to its financial performance in the coming quarters.

As the MAHSR project gathers momentum, it is set to redefine India’s transportation landscape and set new benchmarks for the execution of large-scale infrastructure projects in the country. The successful implementation of the bullet train initiative will not only elevate India’s rail network to world-class standards but also reinforce the nation’s commitment to sustainable and efficient modes of transportation. With L&T at the forefront of this transformative venture, the future of high-speed rail travel in India looks promising and poised for remarkable progress.

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