L&T Only Bidder for Chennai Metro’s CMBT – Venugopal Nagar Section

Larsen & Toubro is once again the only bidder for constructing Chennai Metro Line-5’s 10.2 km CMBT – Venugopal Nagar section after Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) today opened technical bids for Package CP10-EV-03.

This package consists of 1 underground and 11 elevated stations at the northern-end of the 47 km Line-5 which will connect Madhavaram – Sholinganallur through 48 stations in the 118.9 km Chennai Metro Phase 2 project.

It consists of 2 disjointed sections on either side of the underground Package UG6 (Kolathur – Nathamnuni) for which bids were invited in January 2021. The two sections and other infra include:

  1. CMBT to Nathamuni Ramp – 5 stations at CMBT, Kaliamman Koil Street Junction, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Thirumangalam & Anna Nagar Depot
  2. Retteri Ramp to Venugopal Nagar – 7 stations at Retteri Junction, Shastri Nagar, MMBT, Velmurugan Nagar, Manjambakkam, Assisi Nagar & Venugopal Nagar (underground)
  3. 1.5 km depot-line to lines 3 & 5’s Madhavaram Depot (6 bids received today)
  4. Cut & cover section between Assisi Nagar Ramp and Venugopal Nagar (length not disclosed)

CMRL invited bids for this package in February with a 36 month deadline and an undisclosed estimate.


Brief Scope: Construction of approx. 10.2 km of elevated viaduct, elevated ramps and 11 nos elevated stations from Assissi Nagar to CMBT (excluding the underground portion from Retteri Ramp to Nathamuni Ramp) and cut and cover section, depot approach of approx. 1.5 kms and Venugopal Nagar underground station with verification of design suitability for construction including architectural finishes, plumbing works, signages and all associated works in Corridor 5.

CMRL’s official Phase 2 map with my edits showcasing this package’s two sections between CMBT – Venugopal Nagar – view Phase 2 info & route map

Whether CMRL is satisfied or not with receiving just 1 bid remains to be seen. If they aren’t, then this will head to a retender. If they are, then L&T’s technical bid will be evaluated for the next steps in the tendering process.

The state elections and 2nd wave pushed the submission date out for many tenders, but things are now moving along nicely with multiple openings each week. With today’s development, here’s a status of all civil packages on Line-5 (north to south):

Package CP10-EV-03 – 10.2 km viaduct, 11 elevated stations and 1 underground station between CMBT and Venugopal NagarL&T is the only bidder (this post!)
Package UG6 – 5.8 km underground section with 5 stations from Kolathur and NathamuniBids Invited in January – Bid Opening: July 31
Package C5-ECV-02 – 12.431 km elevated section from CMBT to Alwartiru Nagar and from Porur Junction to Puzhuthivakkam with 12 stationsTechnical Bid Evaluation Underway – Larsen & Toubro is the only bidder
Line-4 & 5: Package C4-ECV-01 – 7.955 km elevated section from Power House to Porur Junction with 9 stationsAwarded to Larsen & Toubro
Package C5-ECV-03 – 11.61 km elevated section with 11 stations from Puzhuthivakkam to SholinganallurTechnical Bid Evaluation Underway – 3 Bids Received in June

A list of all Phase 2 civil packages and their status can be viewed here.

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


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7 Responses to "L&T Only Bidder for Chennai Metro’s CMBT – Venugopal Nagar Section"

  1. Samuel Abisheik says:

    Hey tmrg! Wasn’t there a rule where only one contractor will be awarded for one corridor. If so how can l&t participate in all the three packages? If cmrl choses l&t for any one of these packages, then what will happen to the other two?

    • TMRG says:

      They had that limiting clause for similar packages (2 x tunnels on Line-3, 2 x elevated sections of Line-4), but believe nothing for Phase 2 overall.

      • Samuel Abisheik says:

        Thanks tmrg! Also why hasn’t l&t start the porur-power house stretch? HCC&KEC are working full fledged from poonamalle to porur!

  2. Maddy says:

    At this rate it would be better to just hand over the entire line to L&T

  3. Srinivasan says:

    Hi TMRG, why aren’t you coming in Twitter nowadays?


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