L&T Wins Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR’s Package C5 in Vadodara

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.

NHSRCL had invited bids for its construction in June 2021 with a completion period / deadline of 1490 days (4 years) and unknown estimate. Technical bids were opened in October to reveal 3 bidders.

Financial Bid Results

FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
Larsen & Toubro (L&T)2460.88
GR Infraprojects – Sadbhav2487.35
IRCON – DRA InfraconDisqualified

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

Alignment of Package C5 through Vadodara – view Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR info & route map
Vadodara Station’s concept design – Copyright: NHSRCL

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 & ScopeStatus
C1: 1.028 km Underground Station at BKC, MumbaiBids Invited in November 2019; Current Opening Date: April 7, 2022
C2: 20.377 km underground tunnel between BKC Station to Shilphata, ThaneBids 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 VadodaraUnder Construction by Larsen & Toubro
C5: 8.198 km elevated viaduct and station within VadodaraL&T is lowest bidder (this post!)
C6: 87.569 km elevated viaduct between Vadodara and AhmedabadUnder Construction by Larsen & Toubro
C7: 18.133 km elevated viaduct and station within AhmedabadIRCON – DRA JV awarded in November 2021
C8: 2.126 km viaduct, building works at Sabarmati DepotSCC – VRS JV is lowest bidder

A list of all bullet train civil packages and their status can be viewed here.

For more updates, check out the High Speed Rail section or my Home Page!


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13 Responses to "L&T Wins Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR’s Package C5 in Vadodara"

  1. BL Bakshi says:

    Congrats team

  2. Prateek says:

    That’s very close. Less than 1% I think

  3. Tejas says:

    Can I know which divsion of L&T secured this order ???

  4. Mohd Salim Umar says:

    Congratulations Team

  5. Sudu says:

    If the last package, have a deadline of 4 years and the other packages are already in construction phase.

    Do you think the entire Gujarat stretch can open by 2026 ?

  6. Mv says:

    What’s the main reason for this expensive and time-consuming 20 km tunnel ?
    Can’t it be replaced by a over the ground line ?
    Are the environmental concerns serious or just another cause for the sponsered ngos ?

    • TMRG says:

      BKC – creek section is heavily built-up. Creek has mangroves on either side, 1-2 km deep. Creek to Shilphata is again built-up.

      So it’s easier to build a tunnel and get over with it.

  7. Radhakant Sharma says:

    What is the actual condition of C8 package of MAHSR.was it warded to any one or is there any dispute and how much time its take to become construction operation.

    • TMRG says:

      Not sure why it’s on hold for such a long time. They should either award it or just scrap it. The delay is unnecessary.

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