3 Bidders for Chennai Metro’s Sholinganallur – SIPCOT Section

3 construction firms have submitted bids to construct Chennai Metro Line-3’s 10.13 km Sholinganallur Lake – SIPCOT 2 section after CMRL opened technical bids today for Package C3-ECV-01.

This package consists of 9 elevated stations at the extreme southern-end of the 45.8 km Line-3 which will connect Madhavaram – SIPCOT 2 through 49 stations in the 118.9 km Chennai Metro Phase 2 project.

A train maintenance depot was earlier planned at SIPCOT but dropped in 2020. That has now been replaced by an elevated stabling yard, similar to the one in Wimco Nagar for the 9.051 km Phase 1 Extension project.

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


  • Larsen & Toubro
  • ITD Cementation
  • JMC Projects

Tender No.: CMRL/CON/PHASE-II/C3-ECV-01/2021

Brief Scope: Construction of elevated viaduct (approximate length of 10 km), nine (9) elevated metro stations at Sholinganallur Lake, Ponniamman Temple, Sathyabama University, Semmancheri, Gandhi Nagar, Navallur, Siruseri, SIPCOT 1 and SIPCOT 2 and stabling viaduct at SIPCOT

CMRL’s official Phase 2 map with my edits showcasing this package between Sholinganallur Lake – SIPCOT 2 – view Phase 2 info & route map

This is the first time I’ve seen ITD Cementation participate in Phase 2’s tendering – see a list of all packages and their bidders here.

Anyhow, all 3 bids 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 its construction.

This package will be financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which, besides this part of Line-3, is also evaluating a proposal to finance Line-4’s 10 km underground section (Lighthouse – Meenakshi College) through a combined $780 million (approx. Rs. 5890 crore) loan.

With today’s development, technical bids for just 3 more civil packages are now pending opening: 1 on Line-5 (UG-06) and 2 on Line-4 (C4-UG-01 & C4-UG-02). A list of all Phase 2 civil packages and their status can be viewed here.

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16 Responses to "3 Bidders for Chennai Metro’s Sholinganallur – SIPCOT Section"

  1. Anirudh Kulkarni says:

    Bro, Germany had conducted their study on Chennai-Mysuru HSR and submitted DPR to railway board in 2017. Do you have any link to the DPR ????

  2. Samuel Abisheik says:

    Hey tmrg! I was wondering why l&t remained to be the only bidder for line 5! In fact I guess it’s due to the alignment of the line 5 lines. As you see line 5 has the most no of viaduct over flyovers in many areas! So I guess that many companies are hesitating to participate. That was on my view. What’s yours?

  3. Aneesh says:

    Does line 5 pass via redhills??

  4. Pratham says:

    Don’t you think that L&T is having a lot of interest to work for CMRL. I think its because of complex and long packages

    • TMRG says:

      Some companies like to also get involved in “prestigious” type projects. Potential money to be made is definitely the top factor.

  5. Ranil S says:

    Companies like to bid not to finish the project on time

  6. Sriram says:

    Where exactly the Sholinganallur station is planned ? Can location map be shared as I could not find in Chennai metro website

    • Samuel Abisheik says:

      Since sholinganallur is not a double decker station and it has 4 platforms , 2 for line 3, 2 for line 5. So it’s a big station. It will definitely come in the intersection of the four roads in sholinganallur junction as there’s more space!

  7. Beant Singh says:

    I’m ravenous for the results,can anyone let me know when are the results gonna announce?

    • TMRG says:

      At this time, no one knows. Not even CMRL’s MD. Will definitely share results when financial bids are opened.

  8. Sabareesh Divakaran says:

    1. With https://chennaimetrorail.org/phase-ii/ I couldn’t see no action from “St.Joseph college to SIPCOT-2”, do you know the reason?
    2. As per your input in “https://themetrorailguy.com/chennai-metro-phase-2-information-map/”, only bid request has been made for ECV-01 (unlike this page, not updated?).
    Do you have any update on the lowest bid for ECV-01?

    • TMRG says:

      1. Not sure I understand your Q
      2. Financial bids haven’t been opened yet. Will share results (lowest bid etc) when they open bids.


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