Larsen & Toubro today emerged as the lowest bidder to supply and install standard gauge tracks for Chennai Metro’s Line-3 and Line-5 (Package BC-3,5/TRK-02) after Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) opened financial bids.
Both these new lines of Chennai Metro’s 118.9 km Phase 2 project will run in a north-south orientation to connect Madhavaram – SIPCOT (45.813 km Line-3) and Madhavaram – Sholinganallur (47 km Line-5) with a mix of elevated & underground stations.
CMRL invited tenders for this systems contract, financed by JICA, in October 2021 with a 850 day deadline + 730 day (DLP) and an unknown estimate. Technical bids were opened in February to reveal 6 bidders.
Financial Bid Values
|Firm||Bid (Rs. Crore)|
|Vijay Nirman Company (VNC)||382.09|
|Texmaco Rail and Engineering||395.21|
|Rail Vikas Nigam (RVNL)||399.44|
|ITD Cementation India||404.28|
Brief Scope: Supply, installation, testing and commissioning of track works of standard gauge including all associated works in (a) elevated section between CMBT (excluding) and ELCOT (including) in corridor 5 – upto circular connection to corridor-3 and (b) elevated section between Sholinganallur (excluding) to SICPOT (including) in Corridor 3 and pocket tracks & stabling lines of Chennai Metro rail Project Phase-2
Like other Phase 2 packages, CMRL’s estimate for this is unknown, so I can’t provide an assessment on how L&T’s bid is placed and what the next steps look like.
Things on the systems tendering front are moving along nicely. Back in January, IRCON was awarded a similar track-work contract for Line-4. In February, CMRL received 2 bids for lines 3 & 5’s head-hardened rail contract from Mitsui and Ohmi Industries.
This is the first major systems contract for both lines where financial bids have been opened. A list of all Chennai Metro Phase 2 civil & system packages and their status can be viewed here.
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