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.
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.
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