Bureau Veritas last week emerged as the lowest bidder for the Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) contract of the 9.051 km Chennai Metro Phase 1 extension project which’ll extend the Blue Line from Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar through 8 new stations.
CMRL had invited bids for the ISA contract in March 2020 from firms specializing in testing, safety inspection and certification of metro rail systems, and opened technical bids on June 20 to reveal 3 bidders. Out of those, Aether Engineering Solutions’ bid was declared “non-responsive” to the tender conditions during technical bid evaluation, so their financial bid was not opened.
|Bureau Veritas (India) Pvt. Ltd.||Rs. 81.37 Lakh|
|RINA Services S.p.A||Rs. 85.99 Lakh|
Contract: CMRL/ISA02/Mar 2020
Scope: CMRL invites bids from Independent Safety Assessors (ISAs) borne on the latest ISA panel for “ Metro Signalling Projects/Systems “of Research Designs & Standards Organization (RDSO) of Ministry of Railways, Government of India, Lucknow-226011, for ISA services of the Signalling-Train Control System and its Safety-related interface to Rolling Stock and Platform Screen Doors Systems of Phase 1 Extension of the Project.
Chennai Metro’s Phase 1 extension project consists of a 2.4 km underground section and 6.6 elevated section, with 8 new stations at Sir Theagaraya College, Korrukupet, Tondiarpet, Toll Gate, Thangal, Gowri Ashram, Tiruvottiyur and Wimco Nagar:
If no issues arise during financial bid evaluation, then Bureau Veritas will go on to be awarded with the Phase 1 Extension project’s ISA contract.
CMRL expects the appointed the firm to be onboard for 9 months. This gives an extremely basic idea about when commercial services can be expected to start after the LOA is issued.
After the ISA certifies the line’s systems, CMRL will then invite the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) to visit, inspect and certify the line fit for operations.
Here’s a recent video shared by CMRL with some views of the line:
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