While the Delhi Government’s official sanction is still awaited for Delhi Metro’s 105.93 km Phase 4 project, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has gone ahead and invited bids from geotechnical / soil investigation companies to drill, inspect & record the soil profile of the areas where Phase 4’s 6 new lines are going to pass through.
The data captured through this exercise will be included in the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for each individual line and within the civil construction tender documents to help infrastructure companies make accurate financial bids & later use appropriate machinery, methods & technology during construction.
Investigative work for the 6 lines has been divided up into 3 packages:
Notice Inviting Bids
Geo-Technical-1: Detailed Geotechnical Investigation Work for Rithala – Bawana Narela corridor & Janakpuri – Majlis Park (including) corridor of Phase – IV of Delhi MRTS Project – link to notice
Geo-Technical-2: Detailed Geotechnical Investigation Work for Majlis Park(excluding) – R K Ashram corridor, Majlis Park – Maujpur corridor & Inderlok – Indraprastha corridor of Phase – IV of Delhi MRTS Project – link to notice
Geo-Technical-3:Detailed Geotechnical Investigation Work for Tughlakabad – Terminal 1, IGI Airport corridor & Lajpat Nagar – Saket G Block corridor of Phase – IV of Delhi MRTS Project – link to notice
The last date for interested companies to submit their bids is December 12 after which the bids will be evaluated on December 14. Contracts are expected to be awarded by the end of the year or in January and once the work-orders are issued, the appointed contractors will have a duration of 4 months to submit their findings.
Phase 4’s Current Status
While Phase 4’s lines have been finalized, the DMRC’s MD Mangu Singh recently mentioned in an interview that funding still remains unclear with the Delhi Government yet to take a decision on accepting JICA’s step loan. Besides that, an official sanction/approval from the Delhi Government’s cabinet for the project is also still awaited.
Once the project receives official sanction, the DMRC is expected to invite bids for appointing Detailed Design Consultants for each new line. As far as timing goes, and I’ve mentioned throughout this year, I’m expecting the DMRC to begin the tendering/bidding process for civil construction only in the year 2018.
Maps for Reference:
By Phase: Phase 1 | Phase 2 | Phase 3 | Phase 4
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