SP Singla Constructions (SPSCPL) on Tuesday emerged as the lowest bidder to construct Package Spur-I of the roughly 650 km Delhi – Amritsar – Katra (DAK) Expressway after National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) opened financial bids.
This 4-lane greenfield project starts at KMP Expressway north-west of Delhi, and will be expandable to 8 lanes with provision of service roads in the future. Phase 1 involves the construction of a 397.7 km greenfield expressway between Delhi – Ludhiana – Gurdaspur and a 99 km spur connecting Nakodar – Amritsar.
40.90 km Package Spur-I connects Nakodar interchange with Dhunda village, south of the historic Goindwal Sahib. It includes an approximately 700 meter cable-stayed bridge over Beas River connecting Kapurthala and Tarn Taran districts.
NHAI had invited bids for this package in June 2021 with a Rs. 1,413.27 crore estimate, 3 year construction deadline and 10 year maintenance period. Technical bids were opened in January 2022 to reveal 6 bidders.
Financial Bid Values:
|Firm||Bid (Rs. crore)|
|SP Singla Constructions Ltd.||973.77|
|Ceigall – Evrascon JV||1286|
|GR Infraprojects – RVNL JV||1477.27|
|Larsen & Toubro Ltd.||1576|
|Tata Projects – Gulermak JV||1646|
NHAI’s Brief Scope: Construction 4 lane Greenfield Amritsar connectivity of Amritsar with Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Exp. from Jun. with Kapurthala-Sultanpur Lodhi road (NH-703A) Isharwal village ch.24.000 to MDR Jun. at ch.40.900 Dhunda Village on EPC mode under BMP in Punjab
SP Singla’s bid of 973.77 was way below NHAI’s Rs. 1,413.27 crore estimate, so a contract should be awarded without a long financial bid evaluation period.
DAK Expressway project’s greenfield section consists of 15 packages – 12 on the 397 km Delhi – Gurdaspur section and 3 on the 99 km Nakodar-Amritsar spur. 14 of those have been awarded and only this package (Spur-1)’s award is pending – see a list of all packages and contractors here.
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