Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) today cancelled the civil construction bidding process midway for 3 tenders of Mumbai Metro’s 23.6 km Line-2B (Yellow Line) which’ll connect D.N. Nagar with Mandale through 22 stations.
An official reason has not been disclosed, but per an industry source – the MMRDA now plans to combine them into one big package to reduce the overall cost through economies of scale.
Back in February, MMRDA had invited bids for 2 packages of Line-2B’s balance / pending work between DN Nagar – BKC – Chembur right after terminating 3 contracts in January, originally awarded to Simplex Infrastructures and RCC – MBZ JV, due to poor progress on key performance indicators. In July, technical bids were opened to reveal that 5 bidders had placed a total of 8 bids for these two packages.
Package: L2B-C101: D.N. Nagar – MTNL in BKC
Scope: Part design and Construction of (Balance Works of Package CA04R) Elevated Viaduct and 10 Elevated Stations viz. ESIC Nagar, Prem Nagar, Indra Nagar, Nanawati Hospital, Khira Nagar, Saraswat NaGAR, National College, Bandra, Income Tax Office & ILFS [excluding Architectural Finishing & Pre-Engineered Steel Roof Structure of Stations] from Chainage 34035.873m to Chainage 46860.384 of Line2B [DN. Nagar – Mandale] of Mumbai Metro Rail Project of MMRDA
Package: L2B-C102: MTNL in BKC – Chembur
Scope: Part design and Construction of (Balance Works of Package CA06) Elevated Viaduct and 5 Elevated Stations viz. MTNL Metro, S.G. Barve Marg, Kurla East, EEH & Chembur [Excluding Architectural Finishing & Pre-Engineered Steel Roof Structure of Stations] from Chainage 46860.384 to Chainage 52729.312 of Line 2B [D.N. Nagar – Mandale] of Mumbai Metro Rail Project of MMRDA
Bids for the construction of Line-2B’s three “iconic” bridges were re-invited in June for construction at BKC Entry, Vakola Nalla Crossing and Mithi River Crossing (see design renderings), and the technical bids for it were planned to be opened on August 14.
Scope: Part Design and Construction of Iconic Bridges at BKC Entry, Vakola Nalla Crossing and Mithi River Crossing for Metro Line 2B (DN Nagar to Mandale)
With today’s abrupt cancellation which’ll lead to further delays, Line-2B’s western and southern section will now go through their fifth tender process over the past 3 years, while the iconic bridges will go through their third over the past year.
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