J Kumar Awarded Mumbai Metro Line-2B’s Contract for Pending Work

J Kumar Infraprojects today finally received a Letter of Acceptance (work order) for completing pending (balance) construction work on the DN Nagar – IL&FS section of Mumbai Metro’s 23.6 km Line-2B (Yellow Line).

A contract for this 12.824 km elevated section with 10 stations was originally awarded to Simplex Infrastructure in 2017, but terminated in January 2020 due to poor progress on key performance indicators.

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had since re-invited bids twice. In the last round, financial bids were opened in November 2020 in which J Kumar placed the lowest bid at Rs. 1389.48 crore – 18.99% higher than MMRDA’s estimate. After 6 months of negotiations, the final value has been settled at Rs. 1307.88 crore.

Package: L2B-C101 (12.824 Km)

Scope: Part design and Construction of (Balance Works of Package CA04R) Elevated Viaduct and 10 Elevated Stations viz. ESIC Nagar, Prem Nagar, Indra Nagar, Nanawati Hospital, Khira Nagar, Saraswat Nagar, National College, Bandra, Income Tax Office & ILFS [excluding Architectural Finishing & Pre-Engineered Steel Roof Structure of Stations] from Chainage 34035.873m to Chainage 46860.384 OF Line2B [DN. Nagar – Mandale] of Mumbai Metro Rail Project of MMRDA

  • MMRDA’s Estimated Cost: Rs 1167.65 crore
  • J Kumar Infra’s Bid: Rs. 1389.48 crore (see bid values of all firms)
  • Final Contract Value: Rs. 1307.88 crore
  • Completion Period: 30 months
Route of Mumbai Metro Line-2B from DN Nagar – MTNL (BKC) – Chembur – Mandale – view Mumbai Metro Yellow Line info & route map

With this development – a major pre-construction hurdle has been crossed that will finally see the resumption of construction work. Ground work is expected to start in Q3, and will be slow due to the onset of the monsoons, but should pick up from Q4.

In related news – trial runs on Line-2A’s 9.5 km northern section (Dahanukarwadi – Dahisar East) have been planned to start this coming Monday, with MMRDA claiming commercial operations will start in October.

I don’t see that being met due to pending architectural & finishing works at all stations and pending arrival of BEML train-sets. Only one prototype train has been received so far at Charkop Depot – that too with issues – and DMRC wants those to be rectified in subsequent train-sets prior to delivery from Bengaluru.

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– TMRG

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20 Responses to "J Kumar Awarded Mumbai Metro Line-2B’s Contract for Pending Work"

  1. Justin Jebanandam says:

    what are the issues in the train sets of BEML?

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    • TMRG says:

      Integration issues have been found between the train’s TCMS (train-control mgmt system) software and various subsystems. Affects braking (by Knorr Bremse) and doors (by Faiveley) and signaling (by Alstom). The train was sent to Mumbai without performing any basic testing, as I’ve highlighted in the past.

      Also, I’m told the front emergency door is a dummy one. Actual door is scheduled to arrive in June from South Korea.

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  2. Sanjay says:

    Very happy to see this. Question is whether snobby suburban residents from Juhu belt will allow construction?

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    • Himanshu Doria says:

      That’s the job of the administration. Welfare of all can’t be left at the whims of a few elites

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    • DjeDjgmailcom says:

      Well Bandra elite residents did try to stop the tender and work successfully and even the rebidding happened only bcoz of cahoots between Bandra Juhu residents and The Mah govt lobby.But given the fact that this line is approved, the work now has to start.I dont understand why the MMRDA hasnt ben penalized for taking away 3 full years with just 5% progress on this line.Sad.

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  3. Girish Saini says:

    Pls share PMC details also

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  4. Satyam Kumar says:

    Can I get quoted rates please

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  5. Chinar Kurulkar says:

    Is the work for the third package of this line going well between Chembur and mandate?as there was no interruption as such as faced by other two packages.

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  6. Shashank says:

    Now metro will also have potholes

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    • Tarun says:

      Its not j kumar due to which quality is depreciated. Its the client & authority which goes corrupt & leads to downgrade of execution quality

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  7. Beverly thayyil says:

    When Mumbai metro 2a 2b and 7 will complete?

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    • Clevin Gomes says:

      2A and 7 will be open By October, 2021. But I think it might be shifted to mid 2022, due to rolling stock issues and pending station works. Line 2B However, will not be open Before End of 2024, as a lot of time has been wasted in Retendering process.

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      • Salim says:

        3 yrs wasted by MMRDA.Work on 2 B started in Sep 2018 by Simplex that too without any official announcement.MMRDA never took this line seriously. Residents of Juhu Bandra are also culprits for this delay.why no one is penalized?

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