CMRL Invites Bids for Chennai Metro PH2’s Detailed Design & Soil Test

Earlier this month, Chennai Metro Rail Ltd began the initial legwork for executing Chennai’s upcoming 107.55 km Phase 2 metro project. In a series of notices, they’ve bids from global and Indian consultants to prepare the detailed designs of a portion of the upcoming 45.77 km Line-3 and 44.66 km Line-5. In addition, they’ve also invited bids from geotechnical engineering firms for carrying out soil investigations along both lines’ routes.

Line-3 – Madhavaram – SIPCOT (45.77 km) with 50 stations
Line-5 – Madhavaram – Sholinganallur (44.66 km) with 46 stations

Rough alignments of Line-3 (shown in Purple) and Line-5 (shown in Red) –

Rough alignment of Chennai’s Line-3 and Line-5 – view Chennai Metro map & info

The appointed detailed design consultant (DDC) for each section will be responsible for reviewing the design of all viaducts, tunnels & stations, and is expected to produce & propose alternate designs of all architectural, building services, electrical and mechanical works for the depot, staff quarters, operations control centre (OCC) and auxiliary structures.

Notice Inviting Tenders – Line-3
DDC Package No – P2C3/01
Engagement of detailed design consultant (DDC) for the works and services of the detailed design and drawings for the alignment, civil, architectural, MEP, TVS, VAC & track works covering the alignment and underground stations from Madhavaram Milk colony to Thousand lights CH:(-)383 to CH: 15742, in Corridor 3 of phase- II of Chennai metro rail project
link to notice

DDC Package No- P2C3/02
Engagement Of Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for the Works and Services of the Detailed Design and Drawings for the Alignment, Civil, Structural Architectural, MEP, TVS, VAC & Track Works covering the Alignment and Underground Stations from Thousand Lights to Taramani Road Junction (excluding Thousands Lights UG station), Ramp & Elevated Stations from Nehru Nagar to Sholinganallur ( CH:15742 to CH:35,414) in Corridor 3 of Phase- II of Chennai Metro Rail Project
link to notice

Notice Inviting Tenders – Line-5
DDC Package No- P2C5/03

Engagement Of Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for the Works And Services of The Detailed Design And Drawings for the Alignment, Civil, Structural, Architectural, MEP, TVS, VAC & Track Works Covering The Alignment, Ramp and Elevated Stations from Madhavaram Milk Colony To Shastri Nagar (excluding Madhavaram Milk Colony UG station), Ramp and UG stations from Retteri to CMBT CH:(-)386 to CH:15,339 including Depot at Madhavaram, in corridor 5 of Phase- II of Chennai Metro Rail Project
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CMRL also published 6 notices for carrying out geotechnical soil investigations, via boreholes, along Line-3 and Line-5’s routes. The data captured through this activity will serve two purposes – (1) help determine optimal line alignments, especially in the underground sections, and (2) help infrastructure companies submit accurate financial bids during the bidding stage and use appropriate machinery, methods & technology during construction.

Notice Inviting Tenders – Line-3
Package P2C3/Geo-01/2018
Detailed Geotechnical Investigation by Drilling Bore holes and collecting and testing the samples and submission of Geotechnical reports from MADHAVARAM MILK COLONY to PATTALAM of Corridor-3 (Total Length = 8.04 KM (CH: (-95.00) to CH:7947.00) ) for UNDER GROUND section of Phase II Chennai Metro Rail Limited.
link to notice

Package P2C3/Geo-02/2018
Detailed Geotechnical Investigation by Drilling Bore holes and collecting and testing the samples and submission of Geotechnical reports from PATTALAM to Thousand lights of Corridor-3 (Total Length = 7.79 KM (CH:7947.00 to CH:15742.00 ) for UNDER GROUND section of Phase II Chennai Metro Rail Limited.
link to notice

Package P2C3/Geo-03/2018
Detailed Geotechnical Investigation by Drilling Bore holes and collecting and testing the samples and submission of Geotechnical reports from THOUSAND LIGHTS to THARAMANI ROAD Junction of Corridor-3 (Total Length = 10.07 KM (CH:15742.00 to CH:25813.00) for UNDER GROUND section of Phase II Chennai Metro Rail Limited.
link to notice

Package P2C3/ GEO-04/2018
Detailed Geotechnical Investigation by Drilling Bore holes and collecting and testing the samples and submission of Geotechnical reports for Elevated Section from Tharamani Road Junction to Shollinganallur (Total Length 9.60 Km) CH:25813 to CH:35414 in Corridor 3 of Phase- II of Chennai Metro Rail Project.
link to notice

Notice Inviting Tenders – Line-5
Package P2C5/ GEO-01/2018

Detailed Geotechnical Investigation by Drilling Bore holes and collecting and testing the samples and submission of Geotechnical reports from Madhavaram Milk Colony to Shastri Nagar including Madhavaram Depot (Total Length 5.2 Km) CH: 95.00 to CH:5295 in Corridor 5 of Phase- II of Chennai Metro Rail Project
link to notice

Package P2C5/ GEO-02/2018
Detailed Geotechnical Investigation by Drilling Bore holes and collecting and testing the samples and submission of Geotechnical reports for Under Ground Section from Shastri Nagar to CMBT(Total Length 10.04 Km) CH:5295.00 –CH:15339.00 in Corridor 5 of Phase- II of Chennai Metro Rail Project
link to notice

The above tender notices only cover a portion of both Line-3 and Line-5’s planned routes, so more notices for the remaining portions in addition to notices for Line-4 (Light House – Poonamallee, 25 km) are expected to be published in the coming months.

Phase 2 has been estimated to cost Rs. 85,000 crore and its detailed project report (DPR) is currently being revised to conform with the new Metro Rail Policy of 2017 after which it’ll be placed before the central government’s cabinet for approval. RITES submitted their environmental impact assessment (EIA) report to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in November 2017, but there’s still no clarity on whether they will provide another loan or not.

For more updates, check out the Chennai section of The Metro Rail Guy!

– TMRG

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14 Responses to "CMRL Invites Bids for Chennai Metro PH2’s Detailed Design & Soil Test"

  1. Rahul bihari says:

    Do you think phase 2 is economiclly viable because 45k crore phase 1 is used by only 20k people.

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    • TMRG says:

      Chennai Metro needs a fare correction for Phase 1 and 2 to be successful in any sense.

      Phase 1’s route planning is fine, but the fares are just abnormally high. They’re hoping that Phase 1’s upcoming sections will increase ridership but I doubt it’ll have a major impact.

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      • Muthu says:

        I agree. With Chennai being one of the most cost sensitive cities, it is unlikely that Metro will be a huge hit unless they bring the costs on par with other cities. The Central to Airport line runs almost parallel to suburban rail. The Central – Koyambedu-St. Thomas mount line runs along route which has excellent bus facilities. I doubt these 2 lines will be able to compete with other modes of transport unless they give a huge advantage in terms of time so that a middle-class part of the population will move to metro. I don’t know what the fare structure will look like, but if you extend the existing fares, it is likely that Central to Airport will cost 80 bucks which is prohibitively expensive compared to bus or suburban train!

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  2. sham says:

    85k crores is way too high for ph2 of 107.55 km (i.e. almost 800 crs per km). Chennai already has very cheap fares on suburban rail & MRTS & cheapest bus services (though they have been trying to increase fares lately).

    If ph1’s record of very poor ridership is anything to go by, their ph2 dream sounds nothing short of a fantasy! Where are they going to secure funds from? Its better they reduce the scope of ph2 & have longer elevated sections. Else they may be saddled with a white elephant for decades!! Its also highly unlikely that CG will approve nor provide any funds for such a bizarre proposal.

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  3. Manick says:

    As far as I understand, JICA seems to be keen on funding Phase 2. But, unless Central government gives the green signal, JICA cannot come into picture.

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  4. Kumaran says:

    Hi TMRG, What about wimco nagar depot construction? to whom CMRL awarded contract? Please update

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    • TMRG says:

      Hi, not sure who the contract or who’s the lowest bidder (if financial bids have been opened).

      Tracking depot work is a little difficult as my friends in the industry have little interest in low value work.

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      • Kumaran says:

        from tondiarpet to wimco nagar, when they will start station design construction. Till now we are not seen any improvement in that stretch it almost four months after the contract awarded. Could you please tell how long it will take for station design contruction?

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  5. Manick says:

    The tenders called for does not seem to cover the entire Corridor 3 & 5. It seems they are starting works at Madhavaram to Sholinganallur (Corridor 3) and Madhavaram to CMBT (Corridor 5).

    The stretch from Sholinganallur to Siruseri SIPCOT (Corridor 3) and CMBT to Sholinganallur (Corridor 5) is NOT covered in the scope of works so far.

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    • TMRG says:

      Yes, that’s exactly what I’ve written. Tender notices for the rest are still awaited.

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      • Manick says:

        Oops! My mistake. Yes, you have indicated that in the article.

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      • Anand says:

        maybe it might come along with Line 4 light house poonamallee line

        Reg Blue and green line – When v cn expect Central/egmore station to be operational and also opening of AG DMS – Little mount stretch?

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  6. gani says:

    When the phase 2 will start from madhavarm to sriseri and how many years it will take to complete the project approximately?

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    • P Ravikrishnan says:

      Pls inform Redline Thirumangalam station underground or overhead?
      Existing line where will it change to red line to madhavaram

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