Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) has in the past week cancelled six significant tenders of the 118.9 km Chennai Metro Phase 2 project after failing to negotiate final contract values and scope.
The lowest bid received for each of these JICA-funded packages was significantly higher than CMRL’s estimate, and CMRL will re-invite bids again in the coming weeks. One of these is on Line-5 (Madhavaram – Sholinganallur) while the rest five are on Line-3 (Madhavaram – SIPCOT 2).
The six tenders and their lowest bidders were:
- 5.6 km Package UG06 of Line-5 between Kolathur and Nathamuni – Larsen & Toubro was the only bidder and subsequently L1 in November 2021 – see bid value and other details here
Brief Scope: Construction of underground stations at Kolathur, Srinivasa Nagar, Villivakam Sub-urban Station, Villivakam bus-terminus and Nathamuni with entry / exit, ventilation shafts, plumbing, earthmat, architectural finishes including signages etc. including twin bored tunnels from Kolathur retrieval shaft to Nathamuni launching shaft and ramps with U – section in corridor-5 of CMRL phase-II project
Following 5 packages are on Line-3 and strictly related to underground station construction work for 29 stations (21 complete / 8 partial) – see detailed scope & bid values for each here. Financial bids for all were opened in October 2021.
- Package UG-01 (Madhavaram to Perambur) – Tata Projects was lowest bidder
- Package UG-02 (Ayanavaram to Kellys) – DRA Infracon was lowest bidder
- Package UG-03 (KMC to Royapettah) – L&T was lowest bidder
- Package UG-04 (Radhakrishnan to Adyar Junction) – L&T was lowest bidder
- Package UG-05 (Adyar Depot – Taramani Link Road Ramp) – L&T was lowest bidder
Per a source the 29 stations within these 5 packages will now be divided up into 8 smaller packages, but that remains to be seen. A list of Phase 2’s civil & system packages and their status can be viewed here.