DRA, L&T & TPL Bid for Chennai Metro Line-3’s Underground Stations

3 construction firms have submitted a total of 13 bids to construct 29 underground stations of Chennai’s new 45.81 km Line-3 after Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) opened technical bids today for Packages UG-01 to UG-05.

Line-3 of the 118.9 km Chennai Metro Phase 2 project will connect Madhavaram Milk Colony and SIPCOT via 49 stations. Within that, 29 stations between Madhavaram and Taramani Road Junction will be built underground and connected to each other by tunneling packages TU-01 and TU-02, which were awarded to Tata Projects and Larsen & Toubro in May 2021.

CMRL invited tenders for all 5 packages in November 2020 with deadlines ranging between 4 to 4.7 years. The brief scope of each indicates the contractor(s) will be responsible for entire civil works at 21 stations and partial civil works at 8 stations.

Bidders:

  • DRA Infracon: UG-01, UG-02 and UG-05 only (Note: they might have bid in a JV with Hindustan Construction Company)
  • Larsen & Toubro (L&T): UG-01, UG-02, UG-03, UG-04 and UG-05
  • Tata Projects (TPL): UG-01, UG-02, UG-03, UG-04 and UG-05

Package UG-01 (Madhavaram to Perambur)

This package includes entire civil work at 5 stations and partial works at 2 stations.

Brief Scope: Construction of five (05) underground stations at Thapalpetti, Moolakadai, Sembiyam, Perambur Market and Perambur Metro and Crossover at Sembiyam and works other than diaphragm wall of two underground stations at Madhavaram Milk Colony and Murari

  • Completion Period: 1460 days (4 years)
  • Bids Received: 3

Package UG-02 (Ayanavaram to Kellys)

This package includes entire civil work at 4 stations and partial works at 2 stations. A proposed station at Doveton Junction has been dropped.

Brief Scope: Construction of four (04) underground stations at Otteri, Pattalam, Perambur Barracks Road and Kellys and works other than diaphragm wall of two underground stations at Ayanavaram & Puraisaiwakkam High Road cum Crossover Box

  • Completion Period: 1550 days (4.2 years)
  • Bids Received: 3

Package UG-03 (KMC to Royapettah)

This package includes entire civil work at 5 stations and partial works at 2 stations. The new station-box at KMC (Kilpauk) will form an interchange with the 22 km Green Line (Line-2) which connects Chennai Central and St. Thomas Mount, while a new station box at Thousand Lights will form an interchange with the 23.10 km Blue Line (Line-1) which currently connects Chennai Airport and Washermanpet.

Brief Scope: Construction of five (05) underground stations at KMC, Sterling Road Junction, Nangambakkam, Gemini, Thousand Lights and Thousand Lights Crossover and works other than diaphragm wall of two underground stations at Royapettah Govt. Hospital & Chetpet Metro

  • Completion Period: 1725 days (4.7 years)
  • Bids Received: 2
CMRL’s official Phase 2 map with my edits showcasing the northern most station of each package – view Phase 2 info & route map

Package UG-04 (Radhakrishnan to Adyar Junction)

This package includes entire civil work at 4 stations with partial works at 1 station (Greenways). Thirumayilai will serve as an interchange with Phase 2’s new 26.09 km Line-4 (Light House – Poonamallee Bus Depot).

Brief Scope: Construction of five (05) underground stations at Radhakrishanan Salai Jn, Thirumayilai Metro, Mandaiveli, Greenways Road (with part diaphragm wall), Adyar Jn and two cross passage shafts and one emergency escape shaft

  • Completion Period: 1725 days (4.7 years)
  • Bids Received: 2

Package UG-05 (Adyar Depot – Taramani Link Road Ramp)

This package includes entire civil work at 3 stations, partial works at 1 station and one ramp leading to the elevated section towards SIPCOT.

Brief Scope: Construction of three (03) underground stations at Adyar Depot, Indira Nagar and Taramani Road Jn and Ramp and works other than diaphragm wall of underground station station Thiruvanmiyur Metro

  • Completion Period: 1725 days (4.7 years)
  • Bids Received: 3

The bids for all 5 packages have now been sent for technical bid 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 for each.

A list of Phase 2’s civil & system packages and their status can be viewed here.

For more updates, check out the Chennai section or my Home Page!

– TMRG

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27 Responses to "DRA, L&T & TPL Bid for Chennai Metro Line-3’s Underground Stations"

  1. Clevin Gomes says:

    Partial work for stations?, what’s that?

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  2. Nisanth says:

    Hey TMRG ,
    If am not wrong , packg 1 pckg 2 bids recieved must be 3 right… since three companies have bid for it… while the other two pckgs its 2 companies . If not please correct me.

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  3. Prasanchand says:

    Hi who take thousands light stations?

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    • TMRG says:

      Technical bid evaluation has just started. Winner will be revealed after financial bids are opened.

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  4. Samuel Abisheik says:

    I dont understand! The contractors are awarded to these three companies or now only the bids have been submitted!

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    • Nisanth says:

      Bids have been opened now.. which means after a couple of months of technical evaluation qualified bidders will be chosen and out of them the one with the least quoted price will be awarded the tender . And this will take another 3 months minimum.

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  5. Samuel Abisheik says:

    Why can’t Cmrl come up with good station names. For example, thirumayilai station can be changed as mylapore. Also many MRTS commuters call it as mylapore station.
    Next is why cant panangal park be named as T.Nagar. Its a major hub in Chennai and theres no metro station named as T nagar? In phase 1 mannadi as George town or Broadway! And thiyagaraya college metro where the college is actually situated in Korukkupet! High court to Parrys station . And finally eliminating these politians names from stations like puratchi thalaivar mgr central. p.t.jayalalitha cmbt metro, aringar anna alandur metro! ugh! Grow up CMRL!

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    • Srinivasan says:

      Thirumayilai and Mannadi are traditional names. So they suit well in my opinion. But yes korukkupet, T. Nagar are apt rather than thyagaraya college and panagal park. Definitely these namings after the politicians make station names more lengthier. Already anna has anna nagar tower and east stations named after him. In phase 2 too anna fly over station going to come up but they should retain the name as Gemini fly over.

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      • Samuel Abisheik says:

        Bro Broadway and George town was way old places bro. But anyway mannadi is going only. Speaking of Anna nagar, Anna nagar was called naduvankarai previously. Way back Annadurai built a good housing place which now turned to be the masterpiece of Chennai! So naming Anna nagar is just like the names of kk Nagar (kalaingar karunanidhi Nagar) and JJ Nagar( j. Jayalalitha Nagar) so it ain’t a pbm

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  6. Rupraj Sengupta says:

    So after completion of this phase total length of Chennai metro will be how many kilometers from the present 54kms i have lost count ?

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    • Clevin Gomes says:

      54+118=172 kms of Metro Network, adding 20Kms of MRTS will convert into metro which will have a total of 192Kms.

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      • Rupraj Sengupta says:

        Thank you

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        • Srinivasan says:

          54 km phase 1 , 118 km phase 2 , 16 km kilambakkam blue line extension likely to be in phase 2 , 25 km mrts conversion to broad gauge metro . So metro 213 km and metrolite 17 km . 230 km in total.

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          • Samuel Abisheik says:

            Bro it’s just 214km as you said. But adding metrolite here is not correct bro. It’s different right! Also still dpr hasn’t been prepared yet! Anyway our metro length is bigger than that of b’lore and Hyderabad!

  7. Guna says:

    In road project like expressways more than 18 bids are receiving whereas for CMRL only 2 bids 3 bids are receiving, Please think about the margin of these 2 bidders going to get. CMRL is literally making monopoly to participate…

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    • Samuel Abisheik says:

      Really correct bro! CMRL is slow as snail. And l&t is constructing other cities metro very faster and here it hasn’t even started the construction after letter confirming too!

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    • Samuel Abisheik says:

      Really correct bro! CMRL is slow as snail. And l&t is constructing other cities metro very faster and here it hasn’t even started the construction.

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  8. S. Manikantan says:

    Is there any scope in Chennai Metro beyond the currently envisaged 230 km (213 kms metro plus 17 kms metrolite)? Are there any plans?

    I feel there are many interior areas like Ambattur, Avadi, Chengalpet, Sriperumbudur, Tambaram, Sterling Road, etc left out. They can be provided metro link.

    Also, can metro can be provided up to Kancheepuram?

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    • Srinivasan says:

      Definitely yes. Check Chennai Comprehensive Mobility Plan 2048 . Routes like Pallavaram thoraipakkam road, pattabhiram to kilpauk, avadi to airport via poonamallee, koyambedu to poonamallee via maduravoyal etc are covered as proposals.

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    • Atharv says:

      Yes. A lot more is possible within city limits itself. Most of the western suburbs like Ambattur, Maduravoyal have been left out. Moreover, there is a phase 1 extension plan till Kilambakkam bus stand. There is this Pallavaram to Thoraipakkam stretch, Velachery to Tambaram etc. Apart from this, connection can be made to Red Hills, Avadi, Kundrathur etc. Highly unlikely we will be seeing a metro till Chengalpettu or Sriperumbudur though in the next 25-30 years

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    • Samuel Abisheik says:

      Yes bro we’ll hope cmrl plans now itself. Apart from phase 2 and South line extension, priority corridors are being planned for avadi, ambatur route that is connecting Anna nagar (thirumangalam) with avadi through ambatur. And also from red hills to airport via Orr. Also avadi extension is mentioned in DMK manifesto itself.

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  9. Nanda says:

    Is there a station at or near Trade Centre.or MIOT hospital

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