An international consortium has secured a major contract worth around Rp9.74bn ($200M) for the new metro system in New Delhi, India.

The consortium of Skanska of Sweden (40%), Kumagai Gumi of Japan (40%) and HCC of India (20%) will be responsible for planning and constructing a 4.1km long concrete cut-and-cover, double-track tunnel and four new underground stations.

The project is scheduled to be complete within 50 months. It will be 55% financed through a loan from JBIC in Japan, with the remainder provided by the Indian government.

The client, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), is a newly established company owned jointly by the Government of India and the Delhi state government.

A design agreement will be made separately with UK consulting firm Maunsell, which also produced the successful tender design.

The project is part of the 11km long underground section of a $1.1bn, 156km public transport rail network for New Delhi. The award follows the winning of a turnkey contract by the International Metro Civil Contractors JV which will construct 7km of bored tunnels on the system (T&TI May).

The entire rail transportation project has been assigned high priority and will contribute to resolving New Delhi’s growing traffic congestion and air pollution problems.

It will significantly improve the environment, traffic safety and accessibility in the Indian capital, which has a population of 10 million.