Yesterday, the Pratibha Industries – Ranjit Buildcon JV emerged as the lowest bidder for constructing 5 elevated stations on the 4.85 km Motera – Ranip stretch of the 18.522 km north-south line after the Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad (MEGA) opened all financial bids submitted by different infrastructure companies.
MEGA originally invited bids for this package in February 2016, and following a poor response from bidders, re-invited bids in July 2016. Three firms/JVs qualified on to the last stage – Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd, Pratibha – Ranjit JV and PSP – Gannon Dunkerley JV, and at this time their submitted financial bid values are not known.
Update: MEGA’s estimate: Rs 220 crores ; Pratibha-Ranjit’s bid: Rs 217 crores.
Coincidentally, Ranjit Buildcon also won this section’s viaduct contract in January 2016 and completed casting its first pier in December 2016. The 5 stations included in this contract will be located at Motera, Sabarmati, AEC (Ahmedabad Electricity Company), Sabarmati Railway Station and Ranip:
Phase 1’s Status
Green: Under Construction (viaduct & stations) | Orange: Under Construction (viaduct) & financial bids opened (stations)| Red: Financial Bids Opened
With this development, all sections of the Phase 1 project now have contractors assigned to them – see a list here. In Q2 (April – June), all sections in the above map will turn green. All eyes are now on the 96 coach rolling stock and signalling system contracts; financial bids for those are expected to be opened soon.
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