November 19 Update: Contract has been awarded to L&T
Another package down! Minutes ago, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) emerged as the lowest bidder for constructing the 87.569 km Package C6 of the 508.17 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR Bullet Train) project, after officials from the National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) opened financial bids submitted by 3 infrastructure companies / consortia.
Package C6 from chainage 401.898 to 489.467 is the third longest package of the entire line, and connects Vadodara with Ahmedabad through one station and a minor depot at Anand-Nadiad.
NHSRCL had invited tenders (bids) for its construction, financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), on August 1, 2019 with a 1,370 days (3.75 years) period of completion. Technical bids were opened over a month back on September 25 to reveal 3 bidders making the period of technical bid evaluation unbelievably short – just like that of Package C4.
Financial Bid Values (NHSRCL’s estimate is unknown at this time):
|Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (L&T)||Rs 7,289.00 crore|
|Tata Projects Ltd. – J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd. – NCC Ltd. JV||Rs 9837.89 crore|
|Afcons Infrastructure Ltd. – Ircon International Ltd. – JMC Projects India Ltd. JV||Rs 12,697.08 crore|
IFB Number: Package No. MAHSR-C-6
Brief 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 Viaduct & Bridges, Crossing Bridges, Maintenance Depot and Station (Anand/Nadiad), between Vadodara (MAHSR Km. 401.898) and Ahmedabad (MAHSR Km. 489.467), excluding Works for 01 No. PSC Bridge and 04 No. Steel Truss Bridges, in the State of Gujarat for the Project for Construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail
NHSRCL’s estimate is unknown at this time, so I can’t compare how L&T’s bid is placed. But going by how Package C4 was awarded swiftly despite L&T’s bid being 24.925% higher, I wouldn’t be surprised if L&T is also awarded C6’s contract if it is similarly significantly higher – all in the interest of time.
With Package C4 awarded last week, a ground breaking ceremony to kickstart basic preliminary work is expected to begin by year-end. Here’s a status of each civil package of the bullet train project – this table is best viewed on a desktop device.
|Package & Scope||Status|
|C1: 1.028 km Underground Station at BKC, Mumbai||Bids Invited in November 2019; Current Submission Deadline: December 21, 2020|
|C2: 20.377 km underground tunnel between BKC Station to Shilphata, Thane (3 Mega TBMs to be used)||Bid Submission Deadline Passed – No Bids Received|
|C3: 135.450 km elevated line between Shilphata, Thane and Zaroli Village (MH/GJ Border)||Tender Notice Pending|
|C4: 237.1 km elevated line between Zaroli Village (MH/GJ Border) and Vadodara||Awarded to L&T|
|C5: 8.198 km elevated viaduct and station within Vadodara||Tender Notice Pending|
|C6: 87.569 km elevated viaduct between Vadodara and Ahmedabad||Larsen & Toubro is Lowest Bidder (this post!)|
|C7: 18.133 km elevated viaduct and station within Ahmedabad||Bids Invited October 8|
|C8: 2.126 km viaduct, building works at Sabarmati Depot||Bids Invited October 23|
For more updates, check out the High Speed Rail section of The Metro Rail Guy!