India’s National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) today received 3 bids to construct the 237.1 km Package C4 of the 508.17 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR Bullet Train) project which’ll connect both cities through 12 stations at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.1 lakh crore (US$15 billion).
Package C4 is the longest civil package of the main-line and runs elevated from Zaroli Village on the Maharashtra – Gujarat border to Vadodara Station through 4 stations at Vapi, Bilimora, Surat and Bharuch in Gujarat.
NHSRCL invited tenders (bids) for its construction, financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), on March 15, 2019 and estimates it to cost Rs. 20,000 crore.
- Afcons Infrastructure Ltd. – Ircon International Ltd. – JMC Projects India Ltd. JV
- Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (L&T)
- Tata Projects Ltd. – J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd. – NCC Ltd. JV
The bids have now been sent for technical evaluation, which for a package of this size can take half a year to an entire year 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.
IFB Number: Package No. MAHSR-C-4
Scope: Design and Construction of Civil and Building Works including Testing and Commissioning on Design Build Lump Sum Price basis for Double Line High Speed Railway involving Viaducts, Bridges, Maintenance Depots, Tunnel, Stations (Vapi, Bilimora, Surat and Bharuch), and Surat Depot between Zaroli Village at Maharashtra-Gujarat Border and Vadodara from MAHSR Km. 156.600 to MAHSR Km. 393.700, excluding Works for 04 No. PSC Bridges and 07 No. Steel Truss Bridges, in the State of Gujarat.
This is the second package of the main-line for which bids have been opened. Back in July, NHSRCL did not receive a single bid for the 20.377 km underground Package C2 between Mumbai’s BKC Station and Shilphata, Thane. From what I’ve gathered, bids for it will be re-invited but this time allowing Indian firms to bid by themselves as opposed to requiring a Japanese partner in a consortium.
This Friday, NHSRCL plans to open bids for the 87.569 km Package C6 which will connect Vadodara with Ahmedabad through one station at Anand-Nadiad, so expect a similar post on that evening.
NHSRCL plans to acquire 1396.37 hectares of land for the project of which 955.9 hectares is in Gujarat, 431.51 hectare in Maharashtra, and 8.96 hectare in the Union Territory of Dadra Nagar Haveli. Per VK Yadav – Chairman and CEO of the Railway Board, who spoke with the Indian Express earlier this month, 82.17% acquisition was completed in Gujarat, 79.57% in Dadra Nagar Haveli and 23.21% in Maharashtra.
NHSRCL continues to make progress in Gujarat and tweets out major wins as things move along. Here’s a recent example:
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