Larsen & Toubro today emerged as the lowest bidder to construct the 8.198 km Package C-5 of the 508.17 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR Bullet Train project) after the National National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) opened financial bids.
Package C5 connects chainage KM 393.700 and KM 401.898 of the main-line within Vadodara city and is the second shortest of 5 packages within Gujarat state. In mid-2022, it will become Gujarat’s fifth and final section to head into the construction stage.
Financial Bid Results
|Firm||Bid (Rs. Crore)|
|Larsen & Toubro (L&T)||2460.88|
|GR Infraprojects – Sadbhav||2487.35|
|IRCON – DRA Infracon||Disqualified|
IFB Number: Package No. MAHSR-C-5
Brief Scope: Design and Construction of Civil and Buildings Works including Testing and Commissioning on Design Build Lump Sum Price Basis for Double Line High Speed Railway involving Vadodara Station, Confirmation Car Base, Viaducts & Bridges, Crossing Bridges and Associated works between MAHSR Km. 393.700 and MAHSR Km. 401.898 in the State of Gujarat for the Project for Construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail
This package’s tendering process took a long time to start due to a redesign for optimizing the quantum of construction required. Read all about that and see a video here.
NHSRCL’s estimate is unknown to me, so it’s impossible to gauge how L&T’s bid is placed and the chances of a LOA getting issued. If awarded, this will be L&T’s third and smallest win, and they’ll be responsible for constructing 333.87 km of the main-line (C4 + C5 + C6) all the way from the Maharashtra – Gujarat border to Ahmedabad city’s south-side.
With this development, here’s a status of each civil package of the bullet train project. This table is best viewed on a desktop device.
|Package & Scope||Status|
|C1: 1.028 km Underground Station at BKC, Mumbai||Bids Invited in November 2019; Current Opening Date: April 7, 2022|
|C2: 20.377 km underground tunnel between BKC Station to Shilphata, Thane||Bids Re-invited in November 2021|
|C3: 135.450 km elevated line between Shilphata, Thane and Zaroli Village (MH/GJ Border)||Tender Notice Pending|
|C4: 237.1 km elevated line between Zaroli Village (MH/GJ Border) and Vadodara||Under Construction by Larsen & Toubro|
|C5: 8.198 km elevated viaduct and station within Vadodara||L&T is lowest bidder (this post!)|
|C6: 87.569 km elevated viaduct between Vadodara and Ahmedabad||Under Construction by Larsen & Toubro|
|C7: 18.133 km elevated viaduct and station within Ahmedabad||IRCON – DRA JV awarded in November 2021|
|C8: 2.126 km viaduct, building works at Sabarmati Depot||SCC – VRS JV is lowest bidder|
A list of all bullet train civil packages and their status can be viewed here.