May 28, 2022 Update: Segmental Consulting has been issued LOA with a contract value of Rs. 5,49,10,000.00
May 18 Original Post: Segmental Consulting & Infrastructure Advisory Pvt. Ltd. last week emerged as the lowest bidder to prepare Saser La Tunnel’s Detailed Project Report (DPR).
This strategic tunnel in Ladakh by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) will be at least 10 kms long and connect Sasoma with Murgo through the glaciated Saser La (view on Google Maps).
The project is part of the Indian government’s plan to build 100 km of tunnels to provide all weather road connectivity to border areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China and Line of Control (LOC) with Pakistan.
BRO had invited tenders for this consultancy service in December 2021 with a Rs. 9,49,68,000 estimate and 548 day (1.5 year) completion deadline. Technical bids were opened in March to reveal 2 bidders.
Financial Bid Values
Brief Scope: Consultancy Services for Preparation of Detailed Project Report and providing Pre-Construction activities for Construction of Highway Tunnel including approaches across SaserLa pass on Sasoma-Saserla-Brangsa Road, in the Union Territory of Ladakh
The difference between both bids is quite staggering. Segmental’s bid was just 57.8% of BRO’s estimate, so a contract should be awarded in the coming weeks without a long financial bid evaluation period.
As shared in the past, here’s Nitin Gokhale’s take on the importance of this route:
…the new axis will connect Sasoma to DBO via the high mountain pass at Saser La (see map). In the past this road has been attempted but was abandoned because of difficult terrain and limited working season. Temperatures at Saser La (over 18000 feet) often dip to minus 40-45 in winter. Once the Sasoma-Saser La road gets activated, India will have an alternate axis to access Depsang plains and not just depend upon the DS-DBO road that mostly runs parallel to the LAC.
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