Over the past 9 months, various small contractors have been carrying out pre-construction demolition and utility shifting works for Bangalore Metro’s 37 km Airport Line (Line-5 / Blue Line) which will link KR Puram and Kempegowda International Airport through 17 stations.
Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has so far awarded the following 7 pre-construction contracts under Bangalore Metro’s Phase 2B project:
|Geotechnical investigation||Bureau Veritas (Rs. 12.21 lakh)|
|DGPS, Topographic, Land & Property Survey||G. S. Survey & Engineers (Rs 21.71 lakh)|
|Additional Geotechnical investigation||Shree Balaji Test House Pvt. Ltd (Rs. 59.20 lakh)|
|Providing/ Shifting of Street Lights||Power-Tech Electricals (Rs 75.3 lakh)|
|Partial and Full demolition/dismantling of buildings/structures||Shaik Fakruddin (Rs 7.86 lakh)|
|Shifting of BESCOM Electrical Utilities between Hebbal and Indian Airforce Gate||Gowtham’s Electricals (Rs 4.58 crore)|
|Shifting of BESCOM Electrical Utilities Bharathi Nagara and Kempegowda International Airport (KIA)||Shah Electricals (Rs 2.93 crore)|
BMRCL’s latest October newsletter indicates 250 properties need to be acquired for constructing the Airport Line’s viaduct and stations. Out of those – 240 have been acquired and 171 of those have been handed to BMRCL’s engineering department for demolition.
Demolition works began in July. Here’s a snap shot at Kasturi Nagar:
As far as construction work goes, bids for 3 civil packages were invited in July with an original submission deadline of September 3. That date has been moved four times now. From the latest date of December 22, the new submission date has been pushed all the way to February 16, 2021.
Same goes for the Limited Project Management Consultant (PMC) contract. The last date for submitting bids has been moved from December 22 to January 29, 2021.
In other news, Afcons Infrastructure’s first tunnel boring machine (TBM) for Package RT-01 of the 21.386 km Pink Line is expected to arrive in town this weekend from Chennai’s port. Afcons will be deploying three Herrenknecht machines to build the Dairy Circle Ramp – National Military School section for which full-fledged construction work began in June.
For more updates, check out the Bangalore section of The Metro Rail Guy!