5 days after inviting bids for the Purple Line’s Reach 1B between Kundalahalli – Whitefield, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. has now initiated the tendering process for constructing the 72 km Phase 2 project’s Reach 1A between the existing Baiyappanahalli station and the upcoming Visvesvaraya Industrial Area station. Today, they published a notice inviting infrastructure companies to bid for constructing Reach 1A’s 8.039km elevated viaduct & 6 new stations as part of the Purple Line’s 15.257 km extension to Whitefield.
Notice Inviting Tenders
On behalf of Managing Director, BMRCL, General Manager (Contracts) invites Tenders for the work of “Construction of elevated structures (viaduct and stations) of 8.039Km (Approx.) length from Baiyappanahalli station (exlc.) to Visvesvaraya Industrial Area Station (incl.) (Chainage 18.603.879 m to 26643.032m) including Road Widening & allied works and 6 Numbers of Elevated Metro stations viz. Jyothipuram, KR Puram, Mahadevapura, Garudacharpalya, Doddanakundi Industrial Area, Visvesvaraya Industrial Area in the Extension of East side of E-W 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 6 new stations at Jyothipuram, KR Puram, Mahadevapura, Garudacharpalya, Doddanakundi Industrial Area, Visvesvaraya Industrial Area. The KR Puram station will serve as an interchange for the upcoming 17 km Silkboard – KR Puram line (Phase 2A) and even though the notice doesn’t mention anything about it (the tender documents will), the station’s design will be influenced to accommodate platforms for that new line. Perhaps KR Puram will have a double-decker structure like Hyderabad’s upcoming Ameerpet station or Chennai’s operational Alandur station? We’ll have to wait to find out.
Tender documents will go on sale on December 19, 2016 and the BMRCL has estimated this section to cost Rs. 670.72 crores. The last date for submitting bidding documents is 3 pm on February 27, 2017 after which the bids will be opened & evaluated for eligibility at 3:30 pm.
As I mentioned in Reach 1B’s post, the BMRCL’s track record for quickly awarding contracts isn’t stellar, so I expect this section’s contract to be awarded only in Q3 2017 with construction work beginning shortly after in Q4 2017 subject to approvals. Timing wise, I expect this section along with Reach 1B to open no sooner than 2022. Once this, Reach 1B (Kundalahalli – Whitefield), Reach 2A (Mysore Road – Pattanagere) & Reach 2B (Pattanagere – Challegatta) are operational, the Purple Line end-to-end will become approximately 42.3 km long.
For more updates, check out the Bangalore section of The Metro Rail Guy!