Multiple industry sources have confirmed to me that Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co. Ltd. (STEC) was late-last week finally awarded a Rs. 1126.89 crore contract to build the 5.6 km New Ashok Nagar – Sahibabad underground Package 4 of the 82.15 km Delhi – Meerut RRTS project.
Update: Contract to STEC was awarded on December 9, 2020.
This underground package’s twin tunnels, mostly within Delhi, will be built using at least 4 tunnel boring machines (TBMs) and connect the New Ashok Nagar Down Ramp with the Sahibabad UP Ramp through one station at Anand Vihar where the line will be connected to the Delhi Metro’s Blue and Pink lines for easy transfers.
National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) had invited tenders for this package on November 11, 2019 and technical bids were opened on March 16 to reveal 5 bidders.
Financial bids were opened on June 12 to reveal STEC as the lowest bidder amidst the India – China border conflict which reached its apex on June 15. This put NCRTC and the Indian government between a rock and a hard place as STEC had qualified in the technical bidding stage.
Although the Government of India had amended its bidding policy for public projects in mid-July, the bidding process for Package 4 couldn’t be scrapped for retendering as it had followed the chief lender, Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s, procurement guidelines.
Here’s a look at the financial bids again where STEC beat L&T narrowly by just Rs. 43.11 crore
|Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co. Ltd. (STEC)||Rs. 1126.89 crore|
|Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (L&T)||Rs. 1170.00 crore|
|Gülermak Agir Sanayi Insaat ve Taahhut A.S. (Gulermak)||Rs. 1325.92 crore|
|Tata Projects Ltd. – SK E&C JV (TPL – SKEC JV)||Rs. 1346.29 crore|
|Afcons Infrastructure Ltd. (Afcons)||Rs. 1400.40 crore|
Contract Number: DM/CN/COR-OF/086
Brief Scope of Package 4: Design and construction of tunnels of Package 4 by Tunnel Boring Machine from near New Ashok Nagar DN Ramp to Sahibabad UP Ramp and for one underground station at Anand Vihar by cut & cover method [Including Architectural Finishing and Design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Electrical and Mechanical Systems including Fire detection & suppression Systems and Hydraulic systems].
With this development, all civil packages on the main-line have been awarded by NCRTC. Here’s a list of all packages and their status:
|Package / Section||Status|
|Package 1: Sahibabad Ramp – Ghaziabad Station (elevated, approx. 7.3 km with 2 stations)||Under construction by KEC-CCECC JV|
|Package 2: Ghaziabad Station – Duhai EPE crossing (elevated, approx. 10.3 km with 2 stations)||Under construction by APCO-CRFG JV|
|Package 3 (2 Lots): Duhai (EPE) – Modi Nagar North –Shatabdi Nagar (elevated, approx. 33 km 9 stations)||Under Construction by Larsen & Toubro|
|Package 4: New Ashok Nagar Ramp – Anand Vihar – Sahibabad Ramp (underground, approx 5.6 km with 1 station)||Awarded to STEC (this post!)|
|Package 5A: Duhai Depot / Workshop||Awarded to VNC – KEC JV|
|Package 5B: Modipuram Depot / Workshop||Tender Notice Pending|
|Package 6: Sarai Kale Khan – New Ashok Nagar (elevated, approx. 4.3 km with 2 stations)||Awarded to Afcons Infrastructure|
|Package 7: Shatabdi Nagar – Brahampuri – Brahampuri DN Ramp (elevated, 1 station) AND Begumpul UP Ramp – MES Colony – Daurli – Meerut North – Modipuram (elevated, approx. 12 km with 4 stations)||Awarded to Larsen & Toubro|
|Package 8: Brahampuri DN Ramp to Begumpul UP Ramp (underground, approx. 5.7 km with 3 stations)||Awarded to Afcons Infrastructure|
A list of all RRTS packages (civil & systems) and their status can be viewed here.
For more updates, check out the NCR RRTS section of The Metro Rail Guy!