5 construction firms / consortia have submitted bids to build Kochi Metro Line-1’s 1.163 km elevated extension from S.N. Junction to Thrippunithura after officials from Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. (KMRL) opened e-tenders on July 14 to reveal its list of bidders.
This small extension with one new station is a part of the partially under construction Petta – Thrippunithura section of the 2.95 km Kochi Metro Phase 1B project. KMRL invited tenders for it in May 2020 and expects the assigned contractor to complete work in just 20 months from when the contract is awarded.
- Cherian Varkey Construction Company Pvt. Ltd. (CVCC)
- Crescent Contractors Pvt. Ltd. – EKK Infrastructure Ltd (Crescent – EKK JV)
- KEC International Ltd. – Vijay Nirman Company Pvt. Ltd. (KEC – VNC JV)
- Marymatha Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.
- URC Construction Pvt. Ltd. (URCC)
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 and most likely contractor.
Tender No: KAC-4 (link)
Scope: Construction of Viaduct from S.N. Junction to Thrippunithura (from Ch. 26+962 to 28+125) including one Elevated Stations i.e Thrippunithura Terminal (at Ch. 27+781.90) for Phase 1 Extension of Kochi Metro Rail Project Excluding Architectural and Building Services Works of Stations.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will have no role to play in the execution of Phase 1B as they will quit the city after the last 1.12 km section of the 25 km Phase 1 project connecting Thaikoodam – Petta opens up. KMRL will instead be assisted by Aarvee Associates who won its Rs. 17.59 crore Project Management Consultant (PMC) contract in June.
Here are some recent snaps from Phase 1B’s 1.78 km Package KAC-2 (Petta – Vadakkekotta – S.N. Junction) which is under construction by KEC International – China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (KEC-CCECC) JV through a Rs. 265 crore contract they won in June 2019:
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