CMRL Cancels Chennai Metro Line-4’s GC Tender

Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) on Wednesday officially cancelled the Request for Proposal (RFP) tendering process to appoint a General Consultant for Chennai Metro’s Line-4.

Chennai’s new 26.09 km east-west Line-4 of the 118.9 km Chennai Metro Phase 2 project will connect Lighthouse with Poonamallee Bypass via Porur through 28 stations – 18 elevated and 10 underground.

CMRL had invited EOI proposals in January 2020, received 9 proposals in June 2020, shortlisted and invited bids from 7 consortia in August 2020, received 7 bids in November 2020, and then shortlisted 3 consortia to the final financial bid opening stage in February 2021.

The official reason for canceling they’ve provided is: “Due to administrative reasons, the current RFP for Selection of General Consultant (GC) for Chennai Metro Rail Phase 2 Project – Corridor 4 is cancelled

CMRL was hoping to appoint a General Consultant by February-end with an objective to assist CMRL with design, supervision, safety, quality control and contract management.

CMRL couldn’t move to the financial bid opening stage as some of the 4 disqualified bidders, which included the likes of Rodic & DB Engineering, were not happy with the result and evaluation parameters. Subsequent meetings and possible negotiations over the past couple months failed to produce any result.

Route of Chennai’s Line-4 connecting Poonamallee Bypass — Porur – Light House – view Chennai Metro Phase 2 info & full route map

Back in 2019, a consortium of Nippon Koei – Aarvee – Balaji was awarded Line-3 & Line-5’s GC contract.

Line-4’s consultancy service and its two elevated packages (details below) will be financed by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) through a USD 356.65 million (approx. Rs. 2700 crore) loan.

Line-4 & 5: Package C4-ECV-01 – 7.955 km elevated section with 9 stations from Power House to Porur JunctionAwarded to Larsen & Toubro
Line-4: Package C4-ECV-02 – 7.945 km elevated section with 9 stations from Porur Junction to Poonamallee BypassAwarded to HCC – KEC
Line-4: Package C4-UG-01 – 5.15 km underground section with 5 stations from Bharathidasan Road to Light HouseCurrent Technical Bid Opening: June 18
Line-4: Package C4-UG-02 – 4.877 km underground section with 5 stations from Power House Ramp to Boat ClubCurrent Technical Bid Opening: June 18
Line-4: Construction of Poonamallee DepotCurrent Technical Bid Opening: June 18

The appointment of a GC is necessary for a large-scale project like this, so I’m expecting a new notice to be published in the coming weeks. I’m not sure if CMRL will start afresh or re-issue a RFP to the previously shortlisted 7 consortia. Most likely it will be the former, but we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out. Until a GC is appointed, L&T and HCC-KEC JV will be partially flying blind when construction begins in Q3 this year.

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3 Responses to "CMRL Cancels Chennai Metro Line-4’s GC Tender"

  1. ASIF says:

    So the CMRL will give chance to all 7 consortias in the New RFP. Or go ahead with 3 shortlisted GCs. Any Update ?

    • TMRG says:

      Let’s see who the new tender is addressed to. It definitely won’t be to just the 3 shortlisted ones.

  2. A Concerned Person says:

    CMRL authorities have pulled another tender against the one that was dropped. The whole set of clauses mentioned for the active tender feels favorable for 1 or 2 of the firms while the other participants are left at a serious disadvantage.
    The clauses for marking are tailored in such a way that only 1 consortium can bid & if any other dare to participate, cannot compete on technical marks.
    CMRL authorities should scrutinize the tender and establish a transparent evaluation.


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