NCC Wins Bangalore Metro Airport Line’s Construction Work

NCC Ltd. today emerged as the lowest bidder to construct all 3 packages of Bangalore Metro’s 37 km Airport Line (Blue Line) which will link Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) to KR Puram.

These 3 elevated packages of the Bangalore Metro Phase 2B project range from 11 to 15 kms and consist of 15 out of the 17 stations planned on the line.

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) had invited tenders for construction in July 2020 with a completion deadline of 24 – 27 months. Technical bids were opened in June 2021 to reveal 5 bidders had submitted a total of 12 bids.

Package 1

Financial Bid Values:

FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
NCC739.04
SNC – CVCC JV753.86
Afcons842.55
  • BMRCL’s Estimate: 639.95 crore
  • Completion Period: 27 months
  • Length: 11.003 km
  • Tender: Phase 2B/P2/69(a)
  • Scope: Construction of elevated structure (viduct & stations) of length 11.003 km (including 281.000m of viaduct beyond Phase 2A) from Chainage 0.000 m to 10072.000m and eight elevated metro stations viz. Kasturi Nagar, Horamavu, HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar, HBR Layout, Nagawara, Veerannapalya and Kempapura, including 650.00m link line connectivity to Baiyappanahalli, road widening, utility diversion and allied works of Bengaluru Metro Rail Project Phase-2B

Package 2

Financial Bid Values:

FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
NCC747.99
SNC – CVCC JV760.16
Afcons811.16
GR Infra858.73
  • Estimate: 645.30 crore
  • Completion Period: 24 months
  • Length: 11.678 km
  • Tender: Phase 2B/P2/69(b)
  • Scope: Construction of elevated structures (viduct & stations) of length 11.678 km from chainage 10072.00m to 21500.000m and five elevated metro stations viz. Hebal, Kodigehalli, Jakkur Cross, Yelahanka and Bagalur Cross, including 250m pocket track, road widening, utility diversion and allied works of Bengaluru Metro Rail Project Phase-2B

Package 3

Financial Bid Values:

FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
NCC680.21
SNC – CVCC JV692.27
Afcons809.11
GR Infra826.93
ITD CemDisqualified
  • Estimate: 620.88 crore
  • Completion Period: 24 months
  • Length: 15.011 km
  • Tender: Phase 2B/P2/69(c)
  • Scope: Construction of elevated structures (viaduct & stations) of length 15.011 km from chainage 21500.000m to 36511.000m and two elevated metro stations viz. Bettahalasuru and Doddajala, including road widening utility diversion and allied works of Bengaluru Metro Rail Project Phase-2B. This length include approx 718.18m cut & cover portion in front of Yelahanka Air Force Station.
Route of Bangalore Metro’s Airport Line with key stations marked – view Bangalore Metro Phase 2 info & route map with all stations

I’m surprised to see ITD got disqualified. NCC’s bids were still 15.46%, 15.91% and 9.55% higher than BMRCL’s estimate for each package which makes the award of contracts tricky, especially for packages 1 & 2 which are closer to the city.

BMRCL will definitely invite NCC’s management for negotiations in the coming weeks and I’m curious to see its outcome. I don’t see this heading into a time consuming retender, but you never know.

NCC’s prior experience in Bangalore includes building the Green Line’s 5.799 km Yelachenahalli – Silk Institute extension of Phase 2 which opened in January 2021. Some minor civil work to connect with Anjanapura Depot is still underway.

Coming back to Phase 2B, tender notices are still pending for the following packages:

  1. Doddajala Depot (“Airport Depot”) at Trumpet Interchange
  2. Augmentation of Baiyapanahalli Depot
  3. Construction of Sky Garden and KIA Terminals stations (from BIAL)

1 and 2 might be combined into one civil package as they’ll have 1 Detailed Design Consultant.

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

– TMRG

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Global traveler who prefers mass rapid transit

38 Responses to "NCC Wins Bangalore Metro Airport Line’s Construction Work"

  1. Clevin Gomes says:

    What about the Viaduct, between Doddajala and KIA Airport, which authorities will build it, BMRCL or BIAL

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  2. Abhijit Seal says:

    I think this is first time a single entity got the complete all 3 packages. It is both good and bad. Good that multiple sync up between different companies will not be needed for Pkg1,2,3 updates. But bad if the company faces any trouble then all the pkgs will be under risk.

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  3. Nitin says:

    ITD news is shocking. Why did that happen?

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  4. Pranav says:

    It seems the fare of this line would be high as a regu

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  5. Naveen says:

    “This length include approx 718.18m cut & cover portion in front of Yelahanka Air Force Station” Could you explain what that means? Also I keep seeing some articles about how the Jakkur Aerodrome section is illegal and permission might be revoked. Any update on that?

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    • Clevin Gomes says:

      This means that Trains will go Underground near Runway Approach of Yelahanka Air Force Base. Basically its not actual Underground, but like an Underpass.
      As u know that Yelahanka Air Force Base is one of the most Important Airbases of IAF to guard the southern skies of India, But the metro line is so close of the Runway thay it might hinder operations of Airbase especially during Emergency times. So BMRCL have decided to make the section near Runway of the Airbase Underground using Cut and Cover Method to reduce the construction cost.

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    • Karthik says:

      The line will go underground near airport as it is near the end of runway. So there has to cut and cover type of line.

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  6. Jishnukrishna Venkat says:

    Ah ! Just one thing, Plz Allow us 2 Remove Trees. Don’t ask people 2 give objections. This is killing Bangalore’s Development

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    • Avinash S says:

      You are absolutely right. Except for soil testing work I am not seeing any progress between Silk Board and Iblur stations and this belt has many trees that needs to be removed and the petition is still hanging in local courts.

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      • Jishnukrishna Venkat says:

        One must send Hate Messages against Activists who file petitions on tree removal for this Long Awaited Project

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        • Srinivasan M says:

          Agree broadly with your stance, but such hate-mongering is unbecoming of a human being.

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          • The Indian Railway Guy says:

            Exactly. We should persuade activists to see both arguments, but sending hate messages is just plain wrong.

        • Manu says:

          You Oppose Tree felling to make way for Metro, but you travel by AC Car yourself resulting in more Pollution and Traffic Jams.
          Why are all Indian Environmentalists are so much self-centered?
          I dare you to travel by BMTC for one day and then preach others about Trees that you love more than Living People.

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    • The Indian Railway Guy says:

      People talk about the importance of trees but forget that with enough dedication and care, trees can be grown elsewhere. City traffic on the other hand, it ain’t going anywhere. Quite literally.

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      • Jishnukrishna Venkat says:

        Anyways, BBMP is gonna demolish illegal buildings in Bangalore, thereby, increasing land to plant compensatory trees.

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  7. Abhishek says:

    Are the locations of the metro stations for kr puram to airport line finalized? In other words is your location the precise location with an error of 50-100 mtrs or could it be in the error range of 400-600 mtrs?

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    • Aniruddha Vasudeva says:

      The route shown here is the right one. I’m 95% sure that the line will pass through the specified roads. The details of the route might be blurry as of now. For example, on which side of the Airport Elevated Corridor will the viaducts be erected and more of such details. Let’s just hope that this line will get completed and commissioned on time.

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    • Vijay says:

      You can find the exact details in the EIA documents posted namma metro website.

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  8. Avinash S says:

    NCC handled previous metro projects and last one being Yelachenahalli to Silk Institute extension and they delayed by at least 3 years.During tender process BMRCL should even demand for timeline not just the money ,and if project is getting delayed firms should be fined heavily.

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    • Aniruddha Vasudeva says:

      Silk Institute extension was riddled with land acquisition issues which delayed the line. BMRCL seems to have learnt it’s lessons from previous lines and have acquired most of the land required for the lines between Central Silk Board and KIA. They have been very careful before starting construction of these lines as these are high density corridors and delays in construction will prove to be disastrous for the people commuting on this road.

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  9. Jishnukrishna Venkat says:

    Only if tree removal is allowed, this line will be a reality. Selfish Environmentalists

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  10. Vivekanand Wachhed says:

    Is General consultancy awarded for this Metro line ?

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  11. S PRASHANTH KUMAR says:

    What about Kasturi nagar to KR Puram? Under which package will this fall??

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  12. Yona kumar says:

    Kindly extend metro service to Devanahalli

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  13. SANTHOSH says:

    Surprised that ITD and L&T did not win the bids. Hope NCC also maintain high standards and completes work on time and do justice to people of Bengaluru. Of course BMRCL and govt should allow them to achieve it by clearing the obstacles if any.

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  14. Vinod says:

    There are new skywalks being constructed on the stretch between KR Puram to Hebbal. This they are constructing even after knowing that metro construction will demolish the skywalk. Is there no way to stop wastage of this public money?

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    • Avinash S says:

      Despite knowing the fact of metro construction BDA,BBMP and BMTC built Bus
      lane,Cycle lane and white topping an overall wastage of around 1000 crores . As usual multi crore corruption and scam.

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  15. shankar babu says:

    Sir, any updates on tunneling progress in Namma Metro?

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    • Ashok Kumar says:

      First breakthrough is scheduled at 10:00 am on September 22. Urja which started tunneling on July 30, 2020 from Cantonment station will achive the first breakthrough for the phase 2 tunneling work at Shivajinagar station.

      As of today, 7 of the total 9 TBMs are tunneling right now with the other 2 TBMs being configured for commissioning.

      The complete tunneling work for phase 2 pink line is expected no sooner than 2024-2025.

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      • Shankar Babu says:

        Very detailed information sir. Thanks. Glad to know that Urja is doing great speed. It would be great if tunneling gets completed in 2024 itself so that the line can be used from 2025. This line is very vital for Bangalore connecting close to Manyata Park. The interchage with Jayadeva means both IT hubs electronic city and Manyata are well served with rapid transport. It is indeed a blessing having both these IT hubs connected.

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