The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) which has been entrusted to execute the Kanpur Metro project has invited bids from global and Indian consultants to prepare the detailed design of Kanpur’s 23.785 km line from IIT Kanpur to Naubasta! This move comes just a month after the project’s Detailed Project Report was submitted to the Uttar Pradesh government for its approval.
Excerpt from the notice inviting tenders:
Contract KNPDD-01: Engagement of Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) For Civil, Architectural and E & M Works for IIT Kanpur – Naubasta Corridor-1 of Proposed Kanpur Metro Project, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India; Consisting of 15.164 Km Elevated Section with 14 Elevated Stations, 8.621 Km Underground Section with 08 Underground Stations and Car Maintenance Depot.
The pre-bid meeting will take place on January 1 2016 and the last date to apply is February 22 at 3 pm. On the same day, the LMRC will open the application documents at 3:05 pm to select the winner. Companies like Systra, Ayesa, EGIS and AECOM are expected to submit bids for this.
Here’s the alignment of the line in blue:
The other line shown in red color is the 8.6 kms line 2 which will stretch from Chandra Shekher Azad University to Jaurali with 9 stations.
Coming back to the IIT – Naubasta corridor, this line is pegged to cost Rs 9,500 crores and a portion of it will be built underground in the core of the city. The elevated stretch will be 15.164 km long while the underground stretch will be 8.621 km long. The proposed route would begin from IIT and would pass through Kalyanpur, Rawatpur, Mall Road, Phoolbagh, Kanpur Central Station, Jhakarkati Bus Terminal, Transport Nagar, Bara Devi, Kidwai Nagar to reach Naubasta. This line will have 28 trains each consisting of 4 coaches.
A getechnical investigation was recently carried out at multiple locations along the line (see images) after which the preliminary DPR was submitted to the Kanpur Development Authority in August. Following their approval, the DPR was submitted to the Uttar Pradesh government in November.
The UP government had recently indicated their willingness to start work on Kanpur’s metro in 2016 and the invitation of bids for appointing a DDC for it is very encouraging! In the next 2 months, I expect tenders to be invited from civil infrastructure companies for the actual construction. 🙂
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