After a gap of 16 months, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation has finally initiated the bidding process for the construction of one more section of the Phase 2 project by inviting bids for the Green Line’s northern extension from the existing Hessaraghatta Cross station (erst. Nagasandra) to the proposed BIEC station. This 3.031 km extension in north Bangalore, officially referred to as Reach 3C, will be entirely elevated and is perhaps the least exciting section of the project as commuters look forward to the 2 new inner-city metro lines as well as the Purple Line’s 15.50 Whitefield extension.
Notice Inviting Tenders
Construction of elevated structures (viaduct & stations) of length 3.031km (approx.) from Hessaraghatta cross station (excl.) to BIEC station (incl.) (Chainage 6637m to 9668m) including road widening works & allied works and 3 Numbers of elevated Metro Stations viz, Manjunathanagar, Jindal and BIEC in the Extension of North side of N-S Corridor of Bangalore Metro Rail Project, Phase-2 – link to notice
Besides constructing the viaduct in 27 months, the contractor will also be responsible for constructing 3 new stations at Manjunathanagar, Jindal and BIEC (Bangalore International Exhibition Center).
The notice gives a general view of Phase 2’s funding sources and notes that negotiations are underway for loan agreements with JICA, WB, ADB & EIB lending organizations/banks. The notification for land acquisition along this stretch has been issued and the BMRCL is awaiting the NHAI’s permission to use the existing service road for carrying out construction which has been estimated to cost Rs. 247.4 crores. The last date for submitting tender documents for bidding is 3 pm on November 10 after which the bids will be opened & evaluated for eligibility at 3:30 pm.
Looking at the BMRCL’s bidding track record in the Phase 2 project, I expect this section’s contract to be awarded in Q2 2017 with construction work beginning shortly after in Q3 2017 subject to approvals. Timing wise, I expect this section to open no sooner than 2021. Once this and the Anjanapura extensions (U/C by NCC Ltd.) are built, the north-south Green Line will become roughly 33.52 km long.
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