BMRCL Invites Bids for Bangalore’s Kundalahalli – Whitefield Section

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation ltd. has finally initiated the bidding process for one of the most sought-after sections of the 72 km Phase 2 project. Today, they invited bids from infrastructure companies for the civil construction of Reach 1B of the Purple Line’s upcoming 15.50 km extension into Whitefield which comprises of a 7.218 km elevated viaduct & 7 stations between Kundalahalli and Whitefield.

Notice Inviting Tenders
On behalf of Managing Director, BMRCL, General Manager (Contracts) invites Tenders for the work of “Construction of elevated structures (viaduct and stations) of 7.218 Km (Approx.) length from Visvesvaraya Industrial Area Station (Excl) to Whitefield Station (Incl.) (Chainage 26643.032m to 338861.465m) including Viaduct Line Entry to Whitefield Depot, road widening & allied works and 7 number of elevated metro stations viz. Kundanahalli, Vydehi Hospital, Sri Satya Sai Hospital, ITPL, Kadugodi, Ujwala Vidyalaya and Whiefield in the extension of East side of E-W Corridor of Bangalore Metro Phase-2 – link to notice

Besides constructing the viaduct in 27 months, the contractor will also be responsible for constructing 7 new stations at Kundalahalli, Vydehi Hospital, Sri Satya Sai Hospital, ITPL, Kadugodi, Ujwala Vidyalaya and Whitefield as well as a small viaduct connecting to the proposed Whitefield Depot which will be located at the north-west corner of Hope Farm Junction.

Reach 1B of Bangalore's Metro - view Bangalore Metro Phase 2 map & info

Reach 1B of Bangalore’s Metro – view Bangalore Metro Phase 2 map & info

Tender documents will go on sale on December 15, 2016 and the BMRCL has estimated this section to cost Rs. 666.12 crores. The last date for submitting bidding documents is 3 pm on February 21, 2017 after which the bids will be opened & evaluated for eligibility at 3:30 pm.

Looking at the BMRCL’s bidding track record in the Phase 2 project, I expect this section’s contract to be awarded in Q3 2017 with construction work beginning shortly after in Q4 2017 subject to approvals. Timing wise, I expect this section to open no sooner than 2022. Once this, Reach 1A (Baiyappanahalli – Visvesvaraya Industrial Area section for which bids are yet to be invited), Reach 2A (Mysore Road – Pattanagere) & Reach 2B (Pattanagere – Challegatta) are operational, the Purple Line end-to-end will become approximately 42.3 km long.

For more updates, check out the Bangalore section of The Metro Rail Guy!

– TMRG

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11 Responses to "BMRCL Invites Bids for Bangalore’s Kundalahalli – Whitefield Section"

  1. Nimit Agarwal says:

    After inviting tender why do they need 4 years to compete 7 km section that is not even underground? The roads are much wider in the two crossing of big baazar and hoodi the traffic movement can also be easily handled.

    This single corridor must be minting much much more tax revenue for government than the estimated cost. The reason that 90% of Whitefield IT companies are on this 7 KM route. Why Can’t they speed up the process in such a high profile route?

    Lucknow metro can construct line of more than 8km in half of this time.

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    • Sumit says:

      Exactly, I don’t really get in which world are we living. Out there China constructs thousands of kilometers of railway line in similar time frame. Is it lack of technology or will?

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    • anon says:

      The 4 years is not BMRCL’s estimate, it is the poster’s estimate. The official deadline for completion is 3 yrs

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      • Sunil says:

        Well we have seen how BMRCL met their deadlines. So far poster has been pretty close/accurate predicted and actual timelines.

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  2. Sumit Malik says:

    So it’s final then, that BMRCL will execute that near U-turn at Hoodi Village?

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    • Sunil says:

      Seriously, given there will be parallel Marathally line in P3, this makes no sense at all. @MetroRailGuy, what do you think ?

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    • Mathi says:

      I am not sure if your concern is the U turn at Hoodi junction (instead of right turn at ABB junction) or this extension taking right to go through graphite India junction and EPIP zone (instead of going straight to reach ITPL directly) .. though on the map it looks bad, in my opinion connecting both Hoodi junction and EPIP zone is good as part of ph2 which itself is delayed so much already.. they are planning a traffic integration center at the hoodi junction to cater to the dense population in and around hoodi area.. phase-3 lines are not final and subject to change.. even if they plan a line near Kundalahalli gate/Marathahalli, I hope it gets connected to whitfield station via Varthur Kodi

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  3. Mathi says:

    Is the delay in Reach 1A tender due to design changes needed due to proposed ORR line; they now need to redesign the KR puram station as interchange station and also plan for 4 tracks from KR puram statin all the way upto Byppnahalli? If this is the case, will they wait for state and center to approve ORR line before awarding this tender? Hope this does not get delayed too much..

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  4. Shripad says:

    BMRCL can do first till Vishweshwarayya Ind area and throw it open for public as early as possible and can continue to work on remaining piece of phase 2 in this section. That will serve good amount of population traveling to this area, instead of waiting till the completion upto Whitefield station.
    Even in old Madras road, piece by piece completion and opening up that section may help public. But I donot know how much is re-work/extra work on trial run and approval process if they do in pieces.

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  5. Funlover says:

    Also, what’s the point in finishing this section, if the B’halli – Kundanahalli won’t be completed at the same time? Let’s see by when they’d announce the bids for the other section too.

    In all probability, they’ll get the work started on the entire stretch B’halli to Whitefield at the same time and will delay decision on the bids.

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  6. Naveen Arur says:

    Are there any land acquisition issues still lingering in this stretch?

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