9 Bidders for Bangalore Metro ORR Line-5’s Construction
9 construction firms have submitted tenders (bids) to build Bangalore Metro’s 18.236 km Silkboard – KR Puram section of the ORR Line (Line-5 / Blue Line) after officials from the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) opened tenders on Friday afternoon to reveal the list of bidders.
BMRCL had re-invited civil construction bids in 2 sub-packages or lots in December 2019 after a round of failed bidding between 2018-2019. During that time, BMRCL was unable to achieve financial closure and the lowest bidder for all 3 packages, IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Limited, was hit by financial troubles.
The 1st package (Silkboard – Kodibeesanahalli) includes a 9.859 km viaduct, 6 elevated stations and a roughly 2.84 km long flyover with loops at Central Silkboard. The 2nd package (Kodibeesanahalli – KR Puram) includes a 8.377 km viaduct, 7 elevated stations, a 1.097 km depot-line linking to the existing Baiyapanahalli Depot and a 0.30 km pocket track.
More information on both packages is at the bottom of this post.
• Afcons Infra – Package 1 & 2
• L&T – Package 1 & 2
• GR Infra – Package 1 & 2
• NCC – Package 1 & 2
• Gayatri Projects – Package 1 & 2
• Vijay Nirman – Sunway (JV) – Package 1 only
• ITD Cem – Package 2 only
• Shankaranarayana – Package 2 only
• GGHB – CVCC (JV) – Package 2 only
The bids have now been sent for technical evaluation which can take a couple months to complete. When that is done, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened to reveal who’s the lowest bidder(s) and most likely contractor(s) of the line.
The new round of bidding has the line split up in 2 packages or lots, each with a completion period of 27 months.
Package 1- PHASE 2A/P1/60(a):
• BMRCL’s Estimate: Rs. 731.18 Crores
• Scope: “Construction of elevated structures (Viaduct & Stations) of length 9.859 km from Chainage 0.000 m to 9859.000 m and 6 Nos of elevated metro stations viz, Central Silk Board, HSR layout, Agara, Ibbalur, Bellandur, Kadubeesanahalli including road widening, Utility diversion and allied works of Bengaluru Metro Rail Project Phase-2A”.
“Construction of loops, ramps for road flyover at Central Silk Board junction of approx. length of 2.84 Km including Road widening & allied works in Reach5 line (R5/P4) of Bengaluru Metro Rail Project, Phase-2.”
Package 2 – PHASE 2A/P2/60(b)
• BMRCL’s Estimate: Rs. 594.25 Crores
• Scope: “Construction of elevated structures (Viaduct & Stations) of length 9.774 km from Chainage 9859.000 m to 18236.000 m and 7 Nos of elevated metro stations viz, Kodibeesanahalli, Marathahalli, ISRO, Doddanekundi, DRDO sports complex, Saraswathi Nagar and K R Puram including 1.097 km length link line to Baiyappanahalli Depot, 0.30 km length Pocket track, Road widening, Utility diversion and allied works of Bengaluru Metro Rail Project Phase -2A”
The line’s construction, as part of Phase 2A, is being funded through an official development assistance (ODA) loan by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which also plans to finance the line’s 38 km extension to the Bangalore Airport (KIAL) in Devanahalli through Hebbal and Yelahanka as part of Phase 2B.
For more updates, check out the Bangalore section of The Metro Rail Guy!
Hope its L&T or ITD. Their speed and quality has been excellent.
GOOD TO HEAR SOME PROGRESS
Why did ITD bid for only 1 package? Resource or capacity issues?
Probably want to steer clear of Silkboard Junction? It’s got a challenging site, 100% right-of-way may not be there?
Can it also be because of the package on the existing RV Road to Bommasandra line at Silk board is currently by a different company
Package 1 is more tricky work. Package 2 is relatively easier as it does not involve any split piers and continuation of URC package which has more ambiguous scope of work compared to package 2.
This is clever bidding by ITD and Shankaranarayana constructions.
This line is very close to my home and office. I have been waiting for this update for ages. Thanks.
Good to see some progress on this much-awaited line. If progress had been good since announcement half of work should have been completed. Namma metro’s track record continues to suffer, IMHO.
But it is good news nevertheless.
It is better there is dedicated tree coridor along the metro line.
When Hosakote will be in Railway and metro network…
Hope it’s not in Bangalore or in Karnataka..
KR PURAM AND KOLAR LINKED VIA HOSAKOTE AND NARSAPUR IND ESTATE..
Curious to see the design for silkboard. Will the elevated road from Jayadeva descend before Silkboard or after. Also what are the loops at silkboard?
Here’s the proposed (very basic) model with layout from 2016:
Since then, this line’s Silkboard Station has been moved east of the junction:
I hope they integrate ticket-wise the Line 5 (RV road-Bommasandra) station to the ORR line station; meaning passengers should not have to exit and enter ticket gates again. 300m interchange should then be tolerable. Gates are a bottleneck.
L&T is good, quality is perfect and fast working company
Why government only give projects to lowest bidder. Is quality and past performance of a company of no use?
Contractor history plays a role.Tender docs submitted by firms are first evaluated for prequalification, then their technical bid to execute the work is evaluated before getting to the financial “lowest bidder” determination stage.
What does GGHB stand for ?
Is there any update on this tender? Anxiously waiting for the construction to start soon on the ‘game changing’ line.
Still under technical bid evaluation…