May 17, 2022 Update: UPMRC has issued contract LOA to SYSTRA with a value of INR 22,49,55,300.00 and EURO 1,57,500.00 (equivalent to INR 23,85,00,300.00)
April 18, 2022 Original Post: SYSTRA MVA Consulting (India) today emerged as the lowest bidder for the Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) contract of the 32.385 km Kanpur Metro and 29.40 km Agra Metro Phase 1 projects’ second corridors.
This is the first major step for starting the tendering process to construct both cities’ new lines, which will primarily consist of elevated stations. I reckon UPMRC will likely spin their development off into a new phase titled Phase 1B or something akin.
- 8.6 km Kanpur Metro Line-2: Chandra Shekhar Azad University – Jaurali ; Depot at Agriculture University (see details)
- 15.40 km Agra Metro Line-2: Agra Cantt. – Kalindi Vihar ; Depot at Kalindi Vihar (see details)
The role of the DDC typically includes, but is not limited to, producing and proposing alternate designs of all civil, architectural, building services, electrical and mechanical works.
UPMRC invited bids for this consultancy service in November 2021 with an estimate of Rs. 35.57 crore and expects the consultant to stay onboard for at least 1460 days (4 years). Technical bids were opened in February 2022 to reveal 3 bidders.
Financial Bid Values
|Firm||Bid (Rs. Crore)|
|SYSTRA MVA Consulting (India) – SYSTRA JV||23.85|
|AYESA – Egis Rail JV||27.85|
|STUP – RITES JV||28.00|
Brief Scope: Engagement of Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for Civil, Architectural and E and M Works for (a) Corridor-2 of Kanpur Metro Rail Project, at Kanpur and (b) Corridor-2 of Agra Metro Rail Project, at Agra.
SYSTRA’s bid of Rs. 23.85 crore was well below UPMRC’s estimate of Rs. 35.57 crore, so a contract should be awarded in the coming weeks. When that’s done, they’ll prepare designs and work with Technica Y Projectos, S.A. – Italferr S.P.A JV (General Consultant) and civil contractors to turn the designs into reality.
As I’ve shared in the past, Lucknow Metro’s 11 km Line-2 has been a non-starter due to ridership concerns and the state government’s choice to focus on other cities, so I’m inclined to believe it’ll be a while before civil work starts on Agra & Kanpur metros’ second lines.
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