8 Bidders for Chennai – Mysuru HSR’s Power Sourcing Survey

8 small firms today submitted bids for the first dedicated survey-work tender to help develop a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the upcoming 450 km Chennai – Bengaluru – Mysuru High Speed Rail project in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

India’s National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) had invited bids for this work in December, which involves surveying and identifying power souring options, with a 98 day completion period.


  • Apeco Infrastructure India Pvt. Ltd.
  • ARK Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • GPS Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  • Imagis Engineering Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
  • MNEC Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sarathi Engineers
  • Sakura Geoinformation Software Research Pvt. Ltd.
  • Subudhi Technoengineers Pvt Ltd.

Tender Reference: NHSRCL/BRC/DPR/2020/46

Scope: Survey, Identification of Overhead, Over Ground, Underground Utilities and Identification of Power Sourcing Options for substations Along the Proposed CHENNAI-BENGALURU-MYSURU (CBM) High Speed Rail Corridor

The 9 stations proposed on the Chennai – Mysuru line are planned to be built at Chennai, Poonamallee, Arakkonam, Chittor, Bangarapet, Bengaluru, Chennapatna, Mandya and Mysuru.

Indicative route map included in NHSRCL’s tender documents’ last page with city names embedded by me

The bids have now been sent for technical evaluation which can take up to a month to complete. When that is done, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened to reveal who’s the lowest bidder and most likely contractor for this service.

As shared earlier, one of the train depots has been planned to come up at chainage 25.700, which would place it at or near Poonamallee.

Tentative Station NameChainage in KM

Back in December, NHSRCL invited bids for two other survey & study related works – encompassing 2365 km of lines – which includes work for this line. Earlier in January, they invited bids for its LiDAR-based alignment design and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Report preparation.

Here’s a simple table displaying all tenders’ status:

Data Collection and Associated Survey Work for DPR4 firms submitted bids on December 30
Carrying Out Ridership Study (Traffic Study)Bids Invited December 2020; Technical Bid Opening on January 15
Preparation of GADs (General Alignment Drawings)Tender Notice Pending
Final Alignment Design including Aerial LiDAR SurveyBids Invited January 9 ; Technical Bid Opening on Feb 1
Survey, Identification of Overhead, Over Ground, Underground Utilities And Identification Of Power Sourcing Options for SubstationsTechnical Bids Opened Today (this post!)
Detailed Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Report and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP)Bids Invited January 8 ; Technical Bid Opening on January 30
Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) ReportTender Notice Pending

This table is also visible on the information page for this line. This past weekend, I setup a quick snapshot page for all HSR lines – do check it out and let me know if I should modify or add additional information.

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


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7 Responses to "8 Bidders for Chennai – Mysuru HSR’s Power Sourcing Survey"

  1. Shiv says:

    I am personally most interested in LIDAR survey list. It’s a long wait until February 1 🤪

  2. Clevin Gomes says:

    Its good that some foreign companies have also participated in Bidding. Such as Sakura Geoinformation Ltd. Sakura is Japanese. Well personally I think that this HSR will not have land acquisition issues as I saw the map above the line mainly run through some green areas. Once operational, the land in and around the HSR will be more valuable.
    TMRG, do you know when the 1st BEML trainsets for Mumbai Metro will roll out? When japanese experts and japanese components will come for rolling stock?

    • TMRG says:

      Sakura seems to be Indian (Chennai-based) with Japanese experience:

      Don’t have concrete info on Mumbai’s trainset’s departure date. Tell me more about the missing Japanese components – haven’t heard or read about this constraint.

      • Clevin Gomes says:

        As per recent Interview with HT, MMRDA have stated that the trail runs have delayed as Metro Trains have not dispatch from BEML unit in Bangalore. The main reason is that some crucial components of the Rolling Stock such as Propulsion System and many more are stuck in Japan, also due to Border Closure by Japanese Govt. the Japanese experts cannot come to Bangalore and the worst thing is recently Japan have found a new Variant in Japan. With this problems, there’s a little hope about the March 2021 trials.
        Well, the trial runs can start probably by April, if our local engineers will assemble these crucial components for trainsets through the Video Conferencing with Japanese experts, just like ITD cementation have did for tracks turnout.
        Or they can use Delhi Metro’s UTO trainsets for a while, until 1st trainsets will come.

  3. ABHI M N says:

    Are they really going to by pass the whole city of Bangalore? It will take the same amount of time to reach the airport and hsr station then. It will be useless for Bangalore. It won’t reduce the travel time at all.


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