5 joint venture firms have qualified in the technical bidding round for constructing the 3.44 km underground stretch of Lucknow Metro’s 22.878 km north-south line after the Lucknow Metro Rail Corp Ltd. opened & evaluated the technical bids on February 11! In October 2015, the LMRCL had invited tenders for this stretch between Charbagh – KD Babu Singh Stadium after which 21 firms bought the tender documents. Of those, 16 firms participated in the pre-bid conference held at LMRC’s office on November 30 2015.
• Tata – Gülermak JV
• Afcons – unknown partner
• L&T – SUCG JV
• Soma – Dogus JV
• ITD – ITD Cem JV
Note: The list will be updated when information about Afcons Infrastructure’s partner is available.
This stretch is estimated to cost Rs 1280 crores (final price is dependent on financial bid) and will consist of 3 stations at Hussainganj, State Secretariat (Sachivalaya) and Hazratganj:
The five firms will now be invited to submit their financial bids which the LMRC plans to open in May to find out the lowest bidder. Once the Letter of Acceptance (LOA) is handed over to the winner, the contractor will then have 36 months to build the line. Followed by that, it would take at least another year for completing station work, track & ancillary systems installation, testing and safety inspection. So if all pieces fall into place without any delays, then the earliest this section can open for commercial operations would be in 2020.
Besides this underground stretch, the 11.098 km east-west line which will be built in Phase 1B of the Lucknow Metro project will also consist of a 6.55 km underground stretch between Charbagh and Nawajganj with 7 stations at Charbagh, Gautam Buddha Marg, Aminabad, Pandey Ganj, City Railway Station, Medical Chauraha and Nawajganj. The bidding process for that is expected to begin in 2017-18.
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