L&T Awarded Mumbai – Ahmedabad Bullet Train’s C5 Contract

India’s National National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) on Friday awarded Larsen & Toubro with a Rs. 2460.88 crore contract to construct the 8.198 km package C-5 of the 508.17 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR Bullet Train project).

Elevated 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.

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, and L&T emerged as the lowest bidder when financial bids were opened in December 2021.

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 is L&T’s third and smallest win, and they’ll now 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.

I expect basic pre-construction work for C5 to begin in February and full-fledged construction work in mid-2022.

With this development, here’s a status of each civil package of the bullet train project. Package C8 has still not been awarded despite financial bids getting opened in April 2021. I’m not sure what the hold-up is. If someone is aware, drop a comment below as I’m super curious.

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; Current Opening Date: March 3, 2022
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 VadodaraAwarded to Larsen & Toubro (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 & system packages and their status can be viewed here.

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5 Responses to "L&T Awarded Mumbai – Ahmedabad Bullet Train’s C5 Contract"

  1. Saurabh Somani says:

    Congrats. It’s time to build build build.

    • Sudu says:

      I agree. Other high speed trains should be built above highways to avoid any land acquisition issues. Taiwan’s high speed rail is entirely built over a highway.

  2. Niket Kumar says:

    Great to hear that.
    In my opinion package C3 should be opened ASAP, as it will take time to get completed.
    Land acquisition is the main issue!

  3. Ramlal jat says:

    Congratulations🎉🥳🥳 l&t campny

  4. Sanjeev Kumar Garg - Indian Geotechnical Services says:

    We, M/s Indian Geotechnical Services (IGS) is carrying out Geotechnical Investigation including drilling of boreholes and Laboratory testing for C-5 Package for M/s L&T


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