India’s National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) today invited bids for data collection and associated survey work to develop the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the 865 km Delhi – Varanasi High Speed Rail (DVHSR Bullet Train) corridor.
A detailed scope is at the bottom of this post, but the scope briefly includes the identification of crossings (roads, rivers, railways etc), heritage structures, preparation of Auto CAD drawings, and the collection of hydrological and geotechnical data along the proposed route.
I won’t be holding my breath to track the lowest bidder or winner for this package, but here’s the bidding schedule for those interested –
Package: NHSRCL/CO/CONTRACT/DATA COLLECTION/2020/10 (Link to Tender Notice)
Name of Work: Data Collection and Associated Survey Work for DPR of Delhi-Varanasi HSR Corridor
- Contract Period: 4 months
- Tender submission Start & End: 01.07.2020 (10:00 Hrs) to 02.07.2020 (upto 15:00 Hrs.)
- Pre-bid Meeting: None
Tentative stations on this line provided by NHSRCL in the past include – Delhi, Noida, Jewar, Mathura, Agra, New Etawah, South Kannauj, Lucknow, Raibareli, Prayagraj (Allahabad), New Bhadoi, and Varanasi.
Scope of Works
The Contractor is required to prepare a report containing details of data collected from various departments / site. This will involve the following steps:
i) Identification of Crossings (existing & proposed) on the proposed HSR alignment / ROW including but not limited to Roads, Railways, Rivers, Canals etc.
ii) Identification of Heritage structures infringing on the proposed HSR alignment / ROW such as Historical monuments, tombs, ASI sites and Religious structures such as Temple, Gurudwaras, Mosque, Church etc. and any other important structures.
iii) Preparation of Auto CAD drawings of the ROW with details as per S.no. 1-2 above plotted on the drawings. The Auto CAD drawings shall have different layers for different entities like Roads, Railways, Spot/Ground levels, Drain, Building, Boundary Wall, Over Ground Utility as instructed by Employer. X, Y, co-ordinates of all spot/ground points shall be provided in CSV file with point numbers and feature coding. Z co-ordinates are to be taken with due care and indicated accordingly.
iv) Collection of Hydrological Data for all rivers, streams etc. crossing the proposed HSR alignment/ROW. The data shall include but not limited to H.F.L., Rainfall data, discharge etc. The data shall also be collected in respect of nearby existing bridges including bridge length, span arrangement etc. In case of any dams nearby, the relevant data of the dam shall also be collected.
v) Collection of Geotechnical Data from the concerned authorities for the work executed for existing/proposed/under-construction bridges, viaduct etc. in vicinity of the proposed HSR alignment. The data shall include but not limited to Borelogs, lab test results, in-situ test reports, interpretative reports etc.
vi) Collection of Topo-sheets, Geological Maps, GADs of existing / proposed / under-construction bridges from the concerned departments.
vii) Collection of future plans for roads (2-lane and above), Indian Railways, DFCCIL, Inland Waterways etc.
viii) Collection of Data required for preparation of Cost Estimate of the HSR project including source of construction material etc.
ix) Any other details which the Contractor may feel important and or as instructed by Employer
Deliverables and Brief Description of the Work
i) Inception Report (IR): Approach & methodology including formulation of work plan, time schedule, and other details required for effective project
ii) Draft Report Submission of Draft Report as per Scope of Work mentioned
in para 3) above.
iii) Final Report Submission of Final Report after incorporating comments (if any) offered by the Employer on the Draft report.
Time Schedule and Deliverables
|Deliverable||Hard Copy||Soft Copy||Schedule|
|Inception Report (IR)||3||2||3 weeks|
|Submission of Draft Report||3||2||3 months|
|Submission of Final Report||3||2||4 months|
Back in February, NHSRCL invited bids to prepare the Delhi – Varanasi High Speed Rail Line’s final alignment design. Then in March, bids were invited for the line’s Social Impact Assessment (SIA), Utility Identification, and Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Report.
If the volume of tender notices is anything to go by, then the Delhi – Varanasi line will very well be the next high speed rail line to be developed among a list of 6 high speed rail lines identified by the Government of India for development in 2019.
For more updates, check out the High Speed Rail section of The Metro Rail Guy!