KEC International on July 16 emerged as the lowest bidder for the standard gauge ballasted track contract PT-08 of Patna Metro’s New ISBT Depot after DMRC opened financial bids.
This track-work package along with package PT-07 for 1200 MT 90 UTS, UIC 60, 13 m Class A 880 grade rails are dedicated towards the integrated New ISBT Depot which’ll be used to stable and maintain trains on both lines of the 30.91 km Patna Metro Phase 1 project.
DMRC invited bids for PT-08 in mid-January 2021 with an estimate of Rs. 17.97 crore and deadline of 24 months. Technical bids were opened in March to reveal 5 bidders out of which Apurvakriti, Railtech and Shivakriti were disqualified during evaluation.
Financial Bid Values:
|KEC International Ltd.||Rs. 19.36 crore|
|S.C. Agarwal||Rs. 19.64 crore|
Brief Scope: Supply, Installation, Testing & commissioning of standard gauge track work (Ballasted, Embedded and Column lines) at New ISBT Depot for Patna Metro Rail Project for PMRCL
KEC’s bid was 7.73% higher than PMRC / DMRC’s budgeted estimate, but only Rs. 1.39 crore in pure numerical terms (a drop in the budget). Following negotiations, I believe a contract for this will be awarded in the coming weeks.
Earlier this year, other track-work tenders like Package PT-07 saw Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL) as the only bidder and Package PT-04 saw 2 bids from Voestalpine and Vossloh Cogifer. Those packages along with a couple electrical packages (PE-01, PE-02) are next in line to have their financial bids opened.