February 4, 2022 Update: SCC – VRS JV has received LOA for C8’s contract from NHSRCL.
April 28, 2021 Original Post: SCC-VRS JV today emerged as the lowest bidder among 4 for constructing the 2.127 km Package C-8 (Sabarmati Depot) of the 508.17 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR Bullet Train) project.
As explained yesterday, Package C8 of the main-line (chainage 507.599 to 509.726) within Ahmedabad is the shortest of 5 packages within Gujarat state. It deals with civil, building & preparatory works at the Sabarmati train maintenance depot which will be the largest among three depots (others will be at Surat and Thane) planned on this line for the inspection, maintenance and stabling of Shinkansen trainsets.
NHSRCL invited tenders (bids) for its construction, financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in October 2020 with a completion deadline of 4 years. Technical bids were opened in February to reveal 9 bidders, and technical evaluation was completed on Tuesday in which 4 firms qualified.
An official estimate isn’t available. I’ll add it in when I become aware.
|SCC – VRS JV||Rs. 307.24 crore|
|M.S. Khurana Engineering Ltd.||Rs. 308.43 crore|
|ISGEC Heavy Engineering Ltd.||Rs. 352.83 crore|
|Dineshchandra R Agrawal (DRA) Infracon Pvt. Ltd.||Rs. 388.45 crore|
IFB Number: Package No. MAHSR-C-8
Brief Scope: Design and Construction of Civil and Building Works for the Depot on Design Build Lump Sum Price Basis for Double Line High Speed Railway involving works for Site Formation, Abutment, Retaining Walls, Roadbed for track, Box Culvert, Roads, Cable Duct, Foundations of OHE Masts, Piping, Drainage, Water Harvesting, Fire Fighting, Landscaping, Boundary Wall, General Inspection Train Shed, Maintenance Depot and other Associated works At Sabarmati between MAHSR Km. 507.599 and MAHSR Km. 509.726 in the State of Gujarat for the Project for Construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail
The depot will cover approximately 84 hectares and a notice inviting bids for constructing its workshop shed, inspection shed, office building, Operations & Control Centre (OCC), machinery & plants under Package D2 is currently pending.
I’ve never heard of SCC Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd or their consortium partner (VRS), but both appear to be local Gujarat-based firms. Without NHSRCL’s estimate, it’s impossible to gauge how their bid is placed and the chances of a LOA getting issued.
With today’s development – here’s a status of each civil package of the bullet train project. This table is best viewed on a desktop.
|Package & Scope||Status|
|C1: 1.028 km Underground Station at BKC, Mumbai||Bids Invited in November 2019; Current Submission Deadline: May 5, 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 Vadodara||Under Construction by Larsen & Toubro|
|C5: 8.198 km elevated viaduct and station within Vadodara||Tender Notice Pending|
|C6: 87.569 km elevated viaduct between Vadodara and Ahmedabad||Under Construction by Larsen & Toubro|
|C7: 18.133 km elevated viaduct and station within Ahmedabad||6 bids received in March|
|C8: 2.126 km viaduct, building works at Sabarmati Depot||SCC-VRS JV is the lowest bidder (this post!)|
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