J Kumar Infraprojects and NCC today emerged as the lowest bidders for completing pending (balance) construction work on two packages of Mumbai Metro’s 23.6 km Line-2B (Yellow Line), after officials from Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) opened financial bids submitted by different infrastructure firms.
MMRDA had reinvited bids for Line-2B’s construction in August 2020 right after canceling the last round of re-bidding which saw 8 firms participate when the technical bids were opened in July. For this round of bidding, MMRDA opened technical bids in October to reveal that 4 bidders had submitted a total of 7 bids.
Prior to this tendering process, contracts issued to Simplex Infrastructures and RCC Infra Ventures Ltd. – MBZ JV were terminated in January 2020 due to poor progress on key performance indicators.
Scope: Part design and Construction of (Balance Works of Package CA04R) Elevated Viaduct and 10 Elevated Stations viz. ESIC Nagar, Prem Nagar, Indra Nagar, Nanawati Hospital, Khira Nagar, Saraswat Nagar, National College, Bandra, Income Tax Office & ILFS [excluding Architectural Finishing & Pre-Engineered Steel Roof Structure of Stations] from Chainage 34035.873m to Chainage 46860.384 OF Line2B [DN. Nagar – Mandale] of Mumbai Metro Rail Project of MMRDA
- Estimated Cost: Rs 1167.65 crore
- Completion Period: 30 months
- Prior Contractor: Simplex Infrastructures (lowest bidder in November 2017)
|J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd. (JKIL)||Rs. 1389.48 Cr|
|Larsen & Toubro (L&T)||Rs. 1399.00 Cr|
|NCC Ltd.||Rs. 1421.38 Cr|
|Afcons Infrastructure Ltd.||Rs. 1439.54 Cr|
Scope: Part design and Construction of (Balance Works of Package CA06) Elevated Viaduct and 5 Elevated Stations viz. MTNL Metro, S.G. Barve Marg, Kurla East, EEH & Chembur [Excluding Architectural Finishing & Pre-Engineered Steel Roof Structure of Stations] from Chainage 46860.384 to Chainage 52729.312 of Line 2B [D.N. Nagar – Mandale] of Mumbai Metro Rail Project of MMRDA
• Estimated Cost: Rs 568.55 crore
• Completion Period: 30 months
• Prior Contractor: RCC Infra Ventures Ltd. – MBZ JV (lowest bidder in February 2018)
|NCC Ltd.||Rs. 719.27 Cr|
|Larsen & Toubro (L&T)||Rs. 723.76 Cr|
|J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd. (JKIL)||Rs. 727.74 Cr|
J Kumar Infaprojects’ bid of Rs 1389.48 crore for C101 was 18.99% higher than MMRDA’s estimate, and similarly NCC’s bid of Rs 719.27 crore for C102 was 26.51% higher – so it remains to be seen if the MMRDA will bite the bullet and award the contracts to get work restarted OR scrap the process and re-invite bids yet again.
Line-2B has gone through several rounds of rebidding over the past 3 years, and with recent developments – I see parts of it opening up not anytime prior to 2024.
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