IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Ltd. yesterday announced (see BSE filing) that they have been awarded the Letter of Acceptance (LoA) for constructing the 4.62 km elevated stretch from the Gyaspur depot’s interface point to the Shreyas station of the 17.23 km north-south line! This is the first construction contract to be awarded on this line. Construction on the east-west line between Vastral Gam and Apparel Park is already underway – see construction updates.
The MetroLink Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) had estimated this section to cost Rs 373 crore and IL&FS put in a bid for a little more than that at Rs. 374.64 crore. This contract also includes the construction of 4 stations at APMC, Jivraj, Rajiv Nagar and Shreyas as shown below:
Earlier this year, IL&FS Engineering won a contract from the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation to construct a 3.9 km extension of Bangalore Metro’s Purple line from Mysore Road to Kengeri. Piling work has now begun along the sections where barricades have been setup.
Coming back to Ahmedabad, the tendering process for this section along with the 4.85 km Ranip-Motera section of the same line was initiated in mid July after which the financial bids were opened in September. MEGA then took about a month to evaluate the bids and awarded the contract to IL&FS in November. IL&FS now has 120 weeks (28 months) to construct the line and I expect piling machinery to be on-site by March. If construction goes on as planned & without hindrances, then commercial operations on this line can begin by the end of 2018!
For more updates on Ahmedabad’s Metro, check out the Ahmedabad section of The Metro Rail Guy!