NCC Ltd. in mid-October once again emerged as the lowest bidder among 3 firms for completing pending civil work on a 5.868 km section (Package C102) of Mumbai Metro’s Line-2B (Yellow Line) between MTNL – Chembur stations.
But just like last time where their bid of Rs. 719.27 crore was way higher than MMRDA’s estimate of Rs. 568.55 crore, this time around their bid at Rs. 791.15 crore is again way higher (24.45%) than MMRDA’s 635.71 crore estimate.
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had originally awarded a contract for this section’s construction, comprising of 5 stations and an “iconic bridge” over Mithi River, to RCC Infra Ventures – MBZ JV in 2017, but terminated it in January 2020 due to poor progress on key performance indicators.
MMRDA has tried re-appointing a contractor four times since then and re-invited bids in February 2020, August 2020, April 2021 and August 2021 with a 36 month deadline and Rs. 635.71 crore estimate.
Financial Bid Results
|Firm||Bid (Rs. Crore)|
|J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd. (JKIL)||813.32|
|Tata Projects Ltd. (TPL)||826.47|
Brief Scope of Package C102: Part Design and Construction of Balance Works of Package CA06, Elevated Viaduct and 5 Elevated Stations viz. MTNL Metro, S. G. Barve Marg, Kurla East, EEH and Chembur (excluding Architectural Finishing and Pre-Engineered Steel Roof Structure of Stations) from Chainage 46860.384m to Chainage 52729.312 of Line 2B [D.N Nagar-Mandale] of Mumbai Metro Rail Project of MMRDA.
The section over Mithi River includes a 261.241 meter “iconic bridge” designed by Designfakt India with Tony Gee as its structural designer – view its design here.
Subsequent negotiations between MMRDA and NCC’s management failed last time, and there’s a good chance that’s exactly how things will progress for this round. I think there’s a case for MMRDA to introspect and review their calculations prior to launching another round.
With recent developments – I see parts of Line-2B opening up no sooner than 2024, with the MTNL – Chembur section easily 5 years away from becoming operational.