6 Bidders for MRTS Feasibility in Salem, Trichy & Tirunelveli

6 firms have submitted bids to prepare a Feasibility Study Report for introducing a mass rapid transit system (MRTS) in Salem, Tiruchirappalli & Tirunelveli after Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) opened technical bids on Thursday.

This comes right after Balaji Railroad Systems (BARSYL) won a similar contract for Madurai MRTS’ Feasibility Study Report with a 120 day delivery deadline.

CMRL invited bids for this new contract in February 2022 with a 122 day deadline.


  • Aarvee Associates Architects Engineers and Consultants Private Ltd.
  • Balaji Railroad Systems Private Ltd. (BARSYL)
  • L&T Infrastructure Engineering Ltd.
  • Rina Consulting SpA
  • RITES Ltd.
  • Urban Mass Transit Company Ltd. (UMTC)

Contract: 2021- DFR for Tier II Cities

CMRL’s Brief Scope: Selection of Consultant for Preparation of Feasibility Study Report for Introducing a Mass Rapid Transit System in Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Salem City

Scope for the selected consultant includes:

  • To collect and examine available reports of previous studies, plans, CMP Report and other related with transportation scenario
  • To collect primary transport network inventory data along with utilities within the Project Influence Area.
  • To collect all the secondary information such as development plans, public transport routes.
  • To conduct a review of the current situation in order to establish the existing condition and capacity of the public transport system.

I thought building a heavy-rail metro system in Madurai would be an overkill and that holds true for these tier 3 cities as well. Barring the main arterial thoroughfare in each town, perhaps even a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system (like Delhi Metrolite) might be an overkill.

Anyhow, all bids have now been sent for technical evaluation which can take a couple months to complete. When that is done, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened to reveal who’s the lowest bidder and most likely consultant.

Back in September 2021, SYSTRA was awarded a similar multi-city DPR contract in Gujarat for Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar.

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Global traveler who prefers mass rapid transit

5 Responses to "6 Bidders for MRTS Feasibility in Salem, Trichy & Tirunelveli"

  1. Sam says:

    I would say, a metrolite system for Trichy and brts or good upgraded bus services for trnvl and salem

  2. Subash says:

    Metrolite is apt for Trichy.
    It should connect Panjapur IBT with central bus stand, Vayalur, Chatram, Srirangam, No.1 tollgate and Thuvakudi.

  3. Michael Franklin Raj Arulraj says:

    RTS in Thanjavur Vallam To Kumbakonam is mandatory

  4. Loga says:

    For trichy for sure a light rapid transit or even mass rapid transit is an overkill best solution is an elevated bus rapid transit system.

  5. Senthil Kumar says:

    when will the project is start in Trichy


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