DRA Infracon Wins Ahmedabad Metro’s Thaltej Gam Section

Dineshchandra R. Agrawal Infracon Pvt. Ltd. emerged as the lowest bidder to construct the roughly 900 meter Thaltej to Thaltej Gam section of Ahmedabad Metro’s 20.737 km Line-1, after officials from Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) opened financial bids on Tuesday afternoon.

Construction work for this elevated section (Pier 1 to Pier 59) of the 39.259 km Phase 1 project‘s Reach-2 was originally awarded in January 2017 to Tata Projects Ltd – China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (TPL-CCECC) JV with a value of Rs 721 crore.

Work on it wasn’t able to start due to land acquisition issues involving around 350 residential properties, and this led to a legal battle between TPL-CCECC and GMRC in 2019-2020, with TPL-CCECC claiming Rs 140 crore for the underutilization of its resources.

GMRC then initiated a change in alignment and design of Thaltej Gam Station to reduce the number of properties to be acquired, and then invited bids for its construction in September-end with an estimate of Rs. 109.23 crore and completion period of 18 months.

Financial Bid Values:

FirmBid
DRA InfraconRs 118.85 crore
Ranjit BuildconRs 140.44 crore
Sadbhav EngineeringRs 164.93 crore

Tender: GMRC/CONST/R2/Thaltej Gam To Thaltej/PH-1/2020

Scope: Construction of Elevated Viaduct from Dead End P1 to P59 in E-W corridor R2 including station Thaltej Gam, including western side transition span between station and viaduct for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-

Reach-2 of Ahmedabad Metro (Thaltej Gam – Sabarmati River) – view Phase 1 project information & route map

DRA’s bid was 8.8% higher than GMRC’s estimate, but in numeric terms just Rs 9.62 crore higher, so I don’t think that’s going to be a deal breaker for awarding its contract.

Basic ground work can be expected to start in Q1 2021 with full-fledged work in Q2 2021. This will obviously go on to become the last section of Line-1 and Phase 1 to open up, which I estimate would happen towards the end of 2023.

Good thing is that it’s not located in the middle of the line (like Trilokpuri in Delhi or Tin Factory in Bangalore) otherwise it would have affected the start of operations on other sections.

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

– TMRG

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10 Responses to "DRA Infracon Wins Ahmedabad Metro’s Thaltej Gam Section"

  1. Shivam says:

    Thaltej Gam will have part cantilever design. It will be very different compared to other stations.

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  2. Clevin Gomes says:

    TMRG, when BEML will rollout the 1st trainsets of Mumbai Metro from their Banglore Factory?. It’s 3rd week of Dec and there are literally no news of it.

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  3. Bhavik says:

    What about the progress of CLC over national high way just before the thaltej station?

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  4. Jithin k says:

    Finally happy to know that the station is building… And happy for being a part of the other 6 stations of CCECC TPL JV as a PE.

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  5. Vishal Kumar says:

    Hi friends,
    No updates is coming from patna metro??
    Whole city has been rumoured about that the pilling work for patna metro has started
    I exactly don’t know is it rumour or in reality it has started.. Friend if you have any idea on this topic please share..
    Please post a article based on the present status of patna metro.As we can every post of your is having a question related to Patna metro.
    A article based on the present status of patna metro can help to control and calm down people’s mind for a week..Almost every post has a comment based on the present status of patna metro,..

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    • TMRG says:

      Hi, I can only write about something when there’s a confirmed visual (not anecdotal) status change. As things stand right now, pre-construction ground work is going on. At the most they might have bored a test pile.

      Reply

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