National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) in August-end awarded the first few pre-construction alignment design, survey and data collection contracts to develop the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the 865 km Delhi – Varanasi High Speed Rail (DVHSR Bullet Train) corridor which’ll connect both cities through 12 stations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Contract: NHSRCL/CO/CONTRACT/DATA COLLECTION/2020/10
Brief Scope: Data Collection and Associated Survey Work for DPR of Delhi-Varanasi HSR Corridor (view detailed scope)
NHSRCL invited bids in June with a contract period of 4 months, opened technical bids on August 7 to reveal 9 bidders, and then opened financial bids on August 24.
- Awarded to: Ceinsys Tech Ltd.
- Contract Value: Rs. 23.39 lakh
Brief Scope: Final Alignment design including Aerial LiDAR survey and other related works (view detailed scope)
NHSRCL re-invited bids in mid-July with a contract period of 150 days, opened technical bids on August 11 to reveal 4 bidders, and then opened financial bids on August 24.
- Awarded to: Aarvee Associates Architects Engineers and Consultants Pvt. Ltd. – GSL Associates JV
- Contract Value: Rs 7.92 crore
Brief Scope: Preparation of General Arrangement Drawings (GADs) of Crossing Bridges over Rivers, Canals, Railways and Roads (Expressway, NH and SH and Major District Roads) and GADs of proposed Stations and Maintenance Depots
NHSRCL re-invited bids in mid-July with a contract period of 3 months, opened technical bids on July 29 to reveal 25 bidders, and then opened financial bids on August 17.
- Awarded to: Translink Infrastructure Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
- Contract Value: Rs 34.99 lakh
With this development only one more contract, for carrying out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study, is now pending award. NHSRCL invited bids for that service in July and opened technical bids on August 11 to reveal a total of 8 bidders which includes the likes of AECOM India and Ascenso Enviro.
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.
The first draft of the DPR can take anywhere from 6 – 12 months to get ready, its finalization can take a similar time, and after that the DPR will go through the regular motions of getting vetted and placed for approval before the NHSRCL’s board, Delhi & Uttar Pradesh state governments’ cabinet, and finally the Central Government’s cabinet.
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