Afcons Infrastructure Ltd. and Shankaranarayana Constructions Pvt. Ltd. today emerged as the lowest bidders for constructing Bangalore Metro’s 18.236 km Silkboard – KR Puram ORR section of the 56 km Line-5 (Blue Line) after officials from the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) opened financial bids submitted by 9 bidders.
BMRCL had re-invited civil construction bids for this line of Phase 2A in 2 sub-packages or lots in December 2019 after a round of failed bidding between 2018-2019. Technical bids were opened on March 13, 2020 to reveal a total of 9 bidders that submitted 14 bids – 6 for package 1 and 8 for package 2.
The 1st package (Silkboard – Kodibeesanahalli) includes a 9.859 km viaduct, 6 elevated stations and a roughly 2.84 km long flyover with loops at Central Silkboard. The 2nd package (Kodibeesanahalli – KR Puram) includes a 8.377 km viaduct, 7 elevated stations, a 1.097 km depot-line linking to the existing Baiyapanahalli Depot and a 0.30 km pocket track.
Package 1 Financial Bids
BMRCL’s Estimate: Rs. 731.18 Crore
|Afcons Infra||Rs 785.25 cr|
|GR Infra||Rs 795.87 cr|
|NCC||Rs 855.40 cr|
|L&T||Rs 865.07 cr|
|Gayathri – CSCEC JV||Disqualified|
|Sunway – VNCPL JV||Disqualified|
Contract: Package 1- PHASE 2A/P1/60(a)
Scope: Construction of elevated structures (Viaduct & Stations) of length 9.859 km from Chainage 0.000 m to 9859.000 m and 6 Nos of elevated metro stations viz, Central Silk Board, HSR layout, Agara, Ibbalur, Bellandur, Kadubeesanahalli including road widening, Utility diversion and allied works of Bengaluru Metro Rail Project Phase-2A. AND Construction of loops, ramps for road flyover at Central Silk Board junction of approx. length of 2.84 Km including Road widening & allied works in Reach5 line (R5/P4) of Bengaluru Metro Rail Project, Phase-2.
Package 2 Financial Bids
BMRCL’s Estimate: Rs. 594.25 crore
|Shankaranarayana||Rs 623.55 cr|
|Afcons Infra||Rs 639.16 cr|
|GR Infra||Rs 650.52 cr|
|L&T||Rs 698.19 cr|
|NCC||Rs 701.22 cr|
|ITD Cem||Rs 720.64 cr|
|Gayatri – CSCEC JV||Disqualified|
|GGHB – CVCC JV||Disqualified|
Contract: Package 2 – PHASE 2A/P2/60(b)
Scope: Construction of elevated structures (Viaduct & Stations) of length 9.774 km from Chainage 9859.000 m to 18236.000 m and 7 Nos of elevated metro stations viz, Kodibeesanahalli, Marathahalli, ISRO, Doddanekundi, DRDO sports complex, Saraswathi Nagar and K R Puram including 1.097 km length link line to Baiyappanahalli Depot, 0.30 km length Pocket track, Road widening, Utility diversion and allied works of Bengaluru Metro Rail Project Phase -2A
Compared to BMRCL’s estimates – Afcons’ bid was roughly 7.39% higher for Package 1, while Shankaranarayana’s bid was 4.93% higher for Package 2, so it remains to be seen if the BMRCL will (1) award as-is or (2) reduce the scope of work and negotiate to bring the final contract value down. The lowest bids weren’t horribly high, so I do not see this going into a retender.
If and when awarded, Afcons and Shankaranarayana will have 27 months to complete all civil work for this new line. If awarded by year-end, then I expect basic site prep work to start in Q1 2021, with full fledged construction in Q2 2021.
Detailed information of this line from its DPR can be viewed here.
The line’s construction, as part of Phase 2A, is being funded through an official development assistance (ODA) loan by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which also plans to finance the line’s 38 km extension to the Bangalore Airport (KIAL) in Devanahalli through Hebbal and Yelahanka as part of Phase 2B for which bids were invited in July. The bid submission deadline for its three packages was recently moved to November 27, 2020.
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