14 Bidders for Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor’s General Consultancy

February 26, 2021 Update: RITES – SMEC JV has been awarded HORC’s General Consultant Contract with a 72 month deadline. See details here.

September 30, 2020 Original Post:

The Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HRIDC) on Monday received 14 applications to appoint a General Consultant (GC) in response to their request for expression of interest (REOI) notice for the 121.742 km Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor (HORC) project.

Passenger trains on this new broad gauge semi high-speed rail line, approved by the Central Government in mid-September with an estimated cost of Rs 5,617 crore, will operate at a top speed of 160 kmph and provide connectivity through 17 stations along the Kundli – Manesar – Palwal (KMP / WPE) Expressway.

HRIDC had invited EOI applications in mid-July and this contract will be financed by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which in June cleared a loan concept to lend $400 million for its development

Bidders / Applicants:

  • AECOM Asia Company Ltd.
  • AYESA Ingenieria y Arquitectura, S.A.U
  • Balaji Railroad Systems Pvt. Ltd.
  • DB Engineering and Consulting GmbH
  • EGIS Rail SA
  • ILF Consulting Engineers Austria GMBH
  • Nippon Koei India Pvt. Ltd.
  • PEMS Engineering Consultants Pvt Ltd.
  • RINA Consulting SpA
  • RITES Ltd.
  • Saaksh Degitech Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • S.M. Consultants
  • Tecnica y Proyectos SA

Contract: HORC/GC/2020/01

Title: General Consultancy Services for Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor (HORC) From Palwal to Sonipat via Sohna, Manesar and Kharkhoda in the State of Haryana.

Brief Scope: The objective of the consulting services (the “Services”) is to provide General Consultancy Services for successful planning, basic & detailed designs, preparation of specifications, preparation of proposal documents and tender assistance, checking designs, project management and supervision including construction supervision, safety, quality and environmental management, interface management, testing and commissioning of the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor (HORC) (the “Project”). The planning shall include O&M phase as well.

Route of the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor project (in red) – view HORC Project Info & Map

This new rail corridor aims to bypass Delhi and provide interchange connectivity with the Indian Railways’ main radial routes (eg. Delhi – Rohtak, Delhi – Ambala), the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) at Pirthala (near Palwal), major logistic hubs and the 164 km Delhi – SNB – Alwar RRTS Line at Panchgaon.

Per the tender notice, the top six (6) consultants will get shortlisted based on the maximum score gained in their respective EOIs. Following that, a General Consultant will be selected based on the Quality-Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method.

For more updates, check out the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor section of The Metro Rail Guy!


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5 Responses to "14 Bidders for Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor’s General Consultancy"

  1. Himanshu Doria says:

    There is some confusion about this corridor. Is this corridor is going to be only for Semi-High speed Commuting or is freight trains would also be operated on this corridor ?

  2. SHAM says:

    122km railway line with projection of just 20,000 ridership? Does it make any sense?

  3. Kanishka says:

    Hi Mate,

    Will they be constructing new railway lines parallel to DFC lines from Dhulawat to Pirthala?

    Does it make sense to construct new lines between these two stations? Isn’t it better to use DFC line from Dhulawat to Pirthala?

    Note: At Sohna, there is a 1-km long tunnel, under the Aravalis, followed by a long rail flyover.

    • TMRG says:

      Hey there – yup HORC’s line will run parallel to DFC between Dhulawat – Pirthala for about 25 kms. Not sure what the distance between both sets of tracks will be though.

      If they integrate it, then DFC will lose its ‘dedicated’ tag and generate operational issues – as you would have also guessed. I’m all for consolidation and optimizing resources but I’d rather have two sets of infra here. Each project serves a different purpose.


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