L&T & NHSRCL Sign Contract for Bullet Train’s Package C6

India’s National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) and Larsen & Toubro today signed a formal contract valued at Rs 7,289.00 crore to build the 87.569 km Package C6 of the 508.17 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR Bullet Train) that aims to connect both cities through 12 stations at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.1 lakh crore (US$15 billion).

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.

It’s also the second package to be awarded to Larsen & Toubro after the 237.1 km Package C4 for which a formal contract was signed in November.

L&T and NHSRCL’s officials – Photo Copyright: NHSRCL

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 in September to reveal 3 bidders and financial bids were opened in October to reveal Larsen & Toubro as its lowest bidder.

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

Indicative alignment of Package C6 between Vadodara – Anand/Nadiad – Ahmedabad – view Mumbai Ahmedabad HSR info & route map
Preliminary Design of Anand-Nadiad Station – Copyright: NHSRCL

With today’s development, NHSRCL has awarded civil contracts for the construction of 92% of the bullet train’s alignment in Gujarat (325 km out of 352 km). This includes five stations at Vapi, Billimora, Surat, Bharuch, Anand/Nadiad, one train maintenance depot at Surat and one 350 m tunnel.

Here’s the status of each main-line civil package. The bid submission deadline for C1 was recently moved from December 21 to February 19.

Package & ScopeStatus
C1: 1.028 km Underground Station at BKC, MumbaiBids Invited in November 2019; Current Submission Deadline: February 19, 2021
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 VadodaraAwarded to L&T
C5: 8.198 km elevated viaduct and station within VadodaraTender Notice Pending
C6: 87.569 km elevated viaduct between Vadodara and AhmedabadAwarded to L&T (this post!)
C7: 18.133 km elevated viaduct and station within AhmedabadBids Invited October 8
C8: 2.126 km viaduct, building works at Sabarmati DepotBids Invited October 23

For more updates, check out the High Speed Rail section of The Metro Rail Guy!


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16 Responses to "L&T & NHSRCL Sign Contract for Bullet Train’s Package C6"

  1. Shailesh says:

    I will be partying when ground work starts. At home. All by myself. But I will.

  2. Meher Viraf Dehnugara says:


  3. Shivanand mishra says:


  4. Indra sen says:

    Hi TMRG😀,
    Q)When can we expect Patna mrts line 2 (i.e:- Danapur cantt.to Patliputra and Mithapur along with their ramps to come up in the category of under-construction.
    Q)When can we expect their tender to be awarded??
    Q)When can we expect the civil construction work to begin??
    Q)What will be their deadline??

    I wanted to ask that if line construction work complete .How will they be getting the connectivity to ISBT depot??(because till now the underground section tendering process for underground section of line 1 has not yet release)
    Q)If they complete the elevated section of line 1 before the underground section,how will they be able to run metro on the elevated section without any connectivity to ISBT depot??

    • TMRG says:

      1) Q2/3 2021
      2) Q1 2021
      3) Q2/3 2021
      4) Civil work has 36 month deadline, so should open up in 4-5 years (crude calculation). Opening of Danapur – Patliputra will depend on the completion of the UG tunnels. Hope they invite tenders for it soon.

  5. Abhishek Threja says:

    Amar ujala reports that pm modi will inaugrate surat metro in january. So, as per you when tenders awarded for it.

  6. saket says:

    Wont C-2 package take a lot of time to complete (given it is 20 km of tunnelling)? In that case, do you think 5 years is a reasonable timeframe for completion of this project? Do you think it would be feasible to open the line from Thane to Sabarmati (and skip BKC)?

    • TMRG says:

      Yeah 5 years from start of work to commissioning is extremely tight, even for the elevated sections. For C2, they plan to have the contractor use at least 3 mega TBMs so that should reduce completion time.

  7. siddhesh says:

    what is the new deadline of bullet train project?

  8. Sammy Reddy says:

    Who are the Agency appointed as Design and Structural consultants for this package.?


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