Per Bangalore Mirror – Afcons Infrastructure, GR Infraprojects and ITD Cementation have submitted bids to complete pending work on a 7.501 km elevated section of Bangalore Metro’s 21.386 km Pink Line, after Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) opened technical bids on Monday.
A Rs. 578.70 crore contract for this section (Dairy Circle Ramp – Kalena Agrahara) of the 73.92 km Phase 2 project was originally awarded to Simplex Infrastructures in September 2017 with a 27 month deadline. That contract was finally terminated in February 2021 for poor progress on key performance indicators over a period of at least 15 months, with BMRCL’s newsletters indicating completion of 37% civil work.
BMRCL had invited bids for this package in mid-March with a Rs. 339.21 crore estimate and 21 month deadline.
Tender: BMRCL/Phase-2/Reach -6/Elevated/Via&Stn/RC/2021/75
Brief Scope: Construction of Elevated Structures (Viaduct & Stations) of length 7.50 Km (approx.) from Gottigere to Swagath Road Cross (Chainage 00.00m to 7501.818m) including Kothanur Depot entry line, road widening & allied works and 5 numbers of metro stations viz. Gottigere, Hulimavi, IIMB, JP Nagar 4th Phase, Swagath Road Cross in Reach-6 line of Bangalore Metro Rail Project, Phase-2 (Balance Works)
This section’s five stations on Bannerghatta Road are located at Kalena Agrahara (formerly Gottigere), Hulimavu, IIM-B, JP Nagar 4th Phase, and Tavarekere (formerly Swagath Road).
The 3 bids have now been sent for technical evaluation which can take a couple months 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.
ITD Cementation recently completed launching segments for 2 of 4 packages’ viaducts (Reach 1B near Whitefield and Reach 5-Package 2 on Hosur Road), so I figured they’d participate. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re eventually the lowest bidder as a lot of the initial upfront cost, related to setting up a casting yard and machinery, would be negligible.
There’s a long way to go for this line to become operational which I estimate would happen no sooner than 2024. Things may further get delayed as bidding for its systems (rolling stock, signaling system etc.) has still not started.
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