Scott Wilson has won a contract to develop a ‘perspective plan’ to look at infrastructure links along a 1500km rail freight link between India’s capital Delhi, and its largest city and major part, Mumbai, including the location of a new city.
Scott Wilson’s director of sustainable development, Andy McNab, says the freight link is expected to complete in 1014/15 and cost up to £63bn, financed by the Japan Bank of International Cooperation who are keen to expand a Japanese production and manufacturing base in India.
“But they want better infrastructure first, so they are helping to develop that,” he said.
Alongside the link will be a 150km ‘corridor’ either side of the freight line, to be developed in tandem.
Scott Wilson’s role will be prepare: “A ‘perspective plan’ – an overall plan for the corridor, which will include proposals for a new city and feasibility studies on transport infrastructure,” he said.
The line is likely to stinulate enormous growth along this freight corridor, and the consultant will also advise on suitable locations for major growth areas, including new logistic parks and possible locations for the 100km2 city, as well as the preparation of concept designs.
McNab said that the freight line would: “Be a dedicated freight line, based on the bullet train in Japan. Goods trains between Mumbai and Delhi currently take 4 days.” The new route would shatter this time, creating opportunities for new types of goods that could be produced, such as perishable goods.
McNab aims to give the corridor ‘world class’ infrastructure standards to encourage foreign investment.
The whole corridor will be the focus for economic growth. “There will be feeder routes, and express trains up the feeder line. The logistics will be extremely complex, and we are looking at that,” said McNab.