I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time..
On this Friday, the Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad (MEGA) finally invited bids for Ahmedabad Metro’s 6.83 km underground section between the East Ramp near the Apparel Park Depot and the West Ramp near Shahpur station on the 20.536 km east-west line! In order to speed up work, MEGA has broken the underground section into 2 packages:
Package UG-1: Tunnels between East Ramp & TBM Launch Shaft near Kalupur Station and 2 stations at Kankaria East & Kalupur
Tender Notification for inviting bids for “Design and Construction Underground Stations and Tunnel including Finishes and excluding PHE, Electrical and HVAC from East End of East Ramp to East End of Launching Shaft near Kalupur Metro Station from Chainage 14328.88m to Chainage 11882.88m, which comprises of East Ramp, Twin Bored Underground Tunnel between East Ramp and Kalupur Metro Station all cut and cover portion including Two Underground Station Kankaria East and Kalupur Metro Station including a portion of NATM and Launching and Receiving Chambers of TBM for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project, Phase-1., vide IFB No: MEGA/EW/UGSAT/PKG1/CIVIL/2016”. – link to notice (Note: link downloads .RAR file)
Package UG-2: Tunnels between TBM Launch Shaft near Kalupur station & West Ramp and 2 stations at Shahpur & Ghee Kanta Station
Tender Notification for inviting bids for Design and Construction of Underground Stations and Tunnel including Finishes and excluding PHE, Electrical and HVAC from East End of Launching Shaft near Kalupur Station to West End of West Ramp from Chainage 11882.88m to Chainage 7503.24m, which comprises of West Ramp, Twin Bored Underground Tunnel between Launching shaft near Kalupur Station and West Ramp all cut and cover portion including two Underground Station Shahpur and Ghee Kanta Station, including a portion of NATM and Launching and Receiving Chambers of TBM for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project, Phase-1, vide IFB No: MEGA/EW/UGSAT/PKG2/CIVIL/2016”. – link to notice (note: link downloads .RAR file)
As quoted above, the underground section consists of 4 stations at Kankaria East, Kalupur Railway Station, Ghee Kanta and Shahpur:
The bidding for this will be conducted in a single stage with firms required to submit 3 bids by 3 pm on June 23 2016:
(A) First envelope, called “Initial Filter cum Qualification Requirement Bid”
(B) Second envelope, called “Technical Bid’’
(C) Third envelope, called “Price Bid’’
The first envelope will be opened on the same day at 3:30 pm following which firms will be filtered based on a host of parameters such as experience and financial health. Qualified firms will be then move to the next round of technical bidding and onwards to the financial/price bidding stage. With JICA’s approval, I expect MEGA to open the price bids in August and award the contracts shortly after in September/October.
Here’s a recap of all sections and the status of their contracts:
Green: Awarded | Orange: Partially Awarded | Red: Bids Invited | Black: Bids Yet to be Invited
A list of Ahmedabad Metro’s major contractors can be viewed here.
For construction purposes, the remaining section between the West Ramp and Thaltej Gam is expected to be divided up into 2 sections:
1) Sabarmati Bridge
2) West end of Sabarmati Bridge to Thaltej Gam with 6 stations at Stadium, Commerce Six Road, Gujarat University, Doordarshan Kendra, Thaltej and Thaltej Gam. Like the Vastral Gam to East Ramp section of this line, this section might also be broken up into 2 smaller contracts – one to construct the elevated viaduct and another to construct the stations.
For more updates on Ahmedabad’s Metro, check out the Ahmedabad section of The Metro Rail Guy!