Mumbai Monorail Bids Reinvited with 50% Local Content Condition

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) today reinvited bids for procuring 10 monorail train-sets (rakes) of 4 cars each, with local-content conditions, to run on Mumbai Monorail’s 19.54 km Line-1 which connects Chembur with Jacob Circle (Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk).

The new tender requirements stress on sourcing 50% local content to align with the government’s Make in India policy – see details at the bottom of the post.

Prior to the COVID-19 related lockdown, MMRDA operated 5 Scomi Sutra train-sets with extremely high headways of 23 minutes between successive trains, and this is the organization’s third attempt to procure new train-sets to improve frequency. Back in June, MMRDA abruptly terminated the second attempt’s tender process even before opening bids in which CRRC, BYD & BHEL had shown interest during the pre-bid meeting.

Contract MONORS3: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Testing And Commissioning Of 10 Nos. Of Monorail Train Sets Of 4 Cars Each And Training Of Personnel For Mumbai Monorail Project

  • Completion Period: 130 weeks
  • Estimate: Rs. 546 crore
  • Pre-bid Meeting: 31 August, 2020 at 1200 hours
  • Date & Time of Submission: 5 October, 2020 at 1500 hours
  • Date & Time of Opening Technical Bids: 7 October, 2020 at 1000 hours
Scomi train-sets on Mumbai’s Line-1 – Photo Copyright: HT/Kunal Patil
Route map of Mumbai Monorail’s Line-1 via – view the map in greater detail with stations marked here

Bidder Eligibility

(i) Experience of Design, Manufacturing, Assembly, Supply, Testing and Commissioning of minimum of minimum 50 cars (Metro, Monorail, LRT, Suburban EMU, MEMU, Train sets) anywhere in the world during last 10 years as on date of Bid submission.

(ii) At least 25 cars (Metro, Monorail, LRT, Suburban EMU, MEMU, Train sets) should be currently in Revenue Operation for last 36 months.

(iii) Other eligibility criteria including financial parameters such as cash flow and turnover. The detailed formulation for these criteria are given in the bid documents and are given as part of the Invitation for Bid (Section 3: “Evaluation and Qualification Criteria”, of “Part I: Bidding Procedures”)

Instructions to Bidders (1.2): Preference to Make in India Policy

1.Pursuant to the policy of the Government of India, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has issued Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India), Order 2017- revision‟ vide No. P-45021/2/2017-B.E.-II dated 4th June 2020; an office Memorandum No. F. No. K14011/09/2014/UT-II/MRTS-Coord dated 14th November 2017 and Mandatory conditions/guidelines applicable to Metro Rail Projects vide MOHUA letter no. K – 14011 /
26 / 2018 – MRTS-II dated 27.07.2018 (placed as Annexure-I). With respect to the above policy the minimum local content in procurement value of the Rolling Stock Tender MONORS3 shall be 50%. The Bidder shall be required to provide a self certificate or a certificate from the statutory auditor or cost auditor giving the percentage only of minimum local content and this self-certificate or certificate from statutory auditor or cost auditor shall be enclosed with the bid uploaded in technical section of e-tender portal. Only percentage values shall be mentioned in these certificates and no financial values shall be mentioned.

2. In case only self-certificate as per para (1) above has been submitted, the Bidder shall also be required to provide a certificate from the statutory auditor or cost auditor of the company (in case of companies) or from a practicing cost accountant or practicing chartered accountant (in respect of suppliers other than companies) giving the percentage of local content as specified in above MoHUA referred order after the Last Date stipulated for Bid Submission but within 15 days from the Last Date stipulated for Bid Submission (For example, if the Last Date stipulated for Bid Submission is 15.08.2020, the certificate has to be submitted on or before 30.08.2020
during office hours). In case the certificate is not received within the stipulated time and duly signed by the person as above, the offer will be considered non-responsive and rejected; and the financial bid of such bidders shall not be opened. This local content should be greater than or equal to the minimum local content specified in Para (1) above for the bid submission to be a valid offer. Only percentage values shall be mentioned in these certificates and no financial values shall be mentioned.

Back in July 3 Indian firms – BHEL, BEML, Titagarh – had expressed interest in bidding for this contract, so stay tuned to see if they indeed submit a bid or not.

For updates, check out the Mumbai section of The Metro Rail Guy!


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2 Responses to "Mumbai Monorail Bids Reinvited with 50% Local Content Condition"

  1. Sham says:

    Considering that there only a few monorail makers across the world & the fact that their monorail specs are different than Scomi’s (& much more expensive), it is doubtful if firms will bid & even if they did, they can supply stock that satisfactorily meets requirements.

  2. Pawan Kumar says:

    We at STEC India has enough experience to execute Mono Rail projects civil construction work in China & Singapore.


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