Looks like Christmas came early! Just a couple days after the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. kick-started the tendering process for the 72 km Phase 2’s Reach 1A and Reach 1B, the BMRCL has now also initiated the civil construction tendering process for Reach 5 of the new 18.80 km RV Road – Bommasandra line between Bommasandra and Hosa Road. Today, they published a notice inviting infrastructure companies to bid for constructing Reach 5’s 6.418km elevated viaduct and 5 new stations in south-east Bangalore:
Notice Inviting Tenders
On behalf of Managing Director, BMRCL, General Manager (Contracts) invites Tenders for the work of “Construction of Elevated Structures (viaduct & stations) of 6.418km (approx) from Bommasandra to Hosa Road Station (excl.) (Chainage 18591.06m to 12173.092m) including Depot entry line to Hebbagodi Depot, Road Widening allied works and 5 Numbers of Metro Stations viz. Bommasandra, Hebbagodi, Huskur Road, Electronic City-II, Electronic City-1 in Reach-5 line of Bangalore Metro Ral Project, Phase-2.”
A detailed PDF document which shows the exact locations of all stations can be viewed here.
Besides constructing the viaduct in 27 months, the contractor will also be responsible for constructing 5 new stations at Bommasandra, Hebbagodi, Huskur Road, Electronic City-II, Electronic City-I as well as a viaduct leading into the new Hebbagodi Depot which will spread across 28 acres.
Tender documents will go on sale on December 22, 2016 and the BMRCL has estimated this section to cost Rs. 468.64 crores. The last date for submitting bidding documents is 3 pm on March 1, 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 in Phase 2 isn’t stellar, so I expect this section’s contract to also be awarded only in Q3 2017 with construction work beginning shortly after in Q4 2017 subject to approvals. As this section includes a depot, the BMRCL can choose to start fragmented operations here without relying on the RV Road – Silkboard section which will take a lot more time to construct due to the multi-level Jayadeva Hospital Interchange and other obstacles along the way. Timing wise, I expect this section to open no sooner than 2021. If the BMRCL chooses to start operations on it along with the rest of the line, then I expect it to open only by 2023.
For more updates, check out the Bangalore section of The Metro Rail Guy!