This is getting a little too repetitive!
Last month, when the financial bids for package-1 of the 19.14 km RV Road – Bommasandra line were opened, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. also opened the financial bids for the 6.385 km package-2 to reveal that the Italian-Thai Development – ITD Cementation India (ITD-ITD Cem) JV was once again the lowest bidder vying to construct a portion of the 72 km Phase 2 project. This is ITD-ITD Cem’s 4th win in Bangalore after they emerged as the lowest bidders for Reach 1A, Reach 1B and Reach-5’s package-1.
The BMRCL invited bids for this package in December 2016 with an estimated cost of Rs. 492.38 crores, and the ITD-ITD Cem JV submitted the lowest bid at Rs. 511.35 crores.
Financial bid values submitted by 5 of the lowest technically qualified bidders:
|ITD-ITD Cem JV||Rs. 511.35 cr|
|NCC||Rs. 536.19 cr|
|HCC-URC JV||Rs. 542.67 cr|
|Simplex||Rs. 549.04 cr|
|IL&FS||Rs. 575.83 cr|
Package-2’s elevated section, between Hosa Road and HSR Layout, will be built on the western-edge of Hosur Road and consist of 6 new stations named Hosa Road, Basapura Road, Chikkabegur , Muneshwara Nagar , Oxford College and HSR layout.
As per BMRCL’s March 2017 newsletter, land acquisition is still ongoing on this entire stretch – “Compensation packages in respect of 93 properties has been sent to SLAO, KIADB in respect of lands from Central Silk Board Station to Muneshwaranagar Station. SLAO has paid compensation for 37 properties amounting to Rs.131.66 Crores. Compensation packages in respect of 284 properties acquired for 8 KM stretch from Muneshwaranagara Station to Bommasandra are being prepared.”
The April newsletter demonstrates a little further progress – “SLAO has paid compensation for 54 properties amounting to Rs.208.78 Crores. Compensation packages in respect of 64 properties out of 284 properties have been sent to SLAO, KIADB for the acquired 8 KM stretch from Muneshwaranagara Station to Bommasandra Station. Notices u/s 29 (2) are being issued by SLAO.”
A detailed PDF document which shows the exact locations of all stations can be viewed here. The BMRCL has not yet announced this line’s official color or invited bids for the line’s system (eg. rolling stock, signalling, AFC gates, telecommunication) contracts yet.
This section’s opening is dependent on the completion of package-1 which connects up to the new Hebbagodi 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 along with package 1 to open no sooner than 2021. If the BMRCL chooses to start operations on this stretch along with the rest of the line for better inter-connectivity, then I expect it to open only in or after 2022.
In the coming days, if no extraneous issues arise, then the BMRCL will go on to award the ITD-ITD Cem JV with the 72 km Phase 2 project’s 8th major civil contract:
|Purple||2A||Mysore Road –
Pattanagere (3.945 km)
Anjanapura Twp (6.290 km)
Challeghata (4.869 km)
Hessaraghata (3.031 km)
|Purple||1B||Visvesvaraya Ind. Area –
Whitefield (7.218 km)
Visvesvaraya Ind Area
Hosa Road (6.418 km)
|Line-3||5(P2)||Hosa Road –
HSR Layout (6.385 km)
Phase 2’s Status
Blue: Under Construction | Black: Contract Awarded | Orange: Financial Bids Opened | Purple: Bids Invited | Grey: Bids Yet to be Invited
Note: On April 11, the BMRCL awarded Reach 1A to ITD-ITD Cem JV.
With this development, ITD-ITD Cem JV is now 1 step away from being responsible to construct 28 kms of the Phase 2 project. As some of you rightly pointed out here as well as on Twitter, awarding a huge chunk to one contractor is a risky proposition as the success/failure of large important sections, and by extension the entire Phase 2 project, now hinges on the performance of just one company. It’ll be interesting to see what the BMRCL does in consultation with EIB/AIIB to mitigate that risk.
Next in line is Reach 5’s package 3 (HSR Layout – RV Road). Stay tuned to find out its lowest bidder!
May 3 2017 Update: BMRCL has awarded ITD with this section’s contract:
For more updates, check out the Bangalore section of The Metro Rail Guy!