Hitachi Rail STS India Pvt. Ltd. Last week was declared as the lowest bidder for Chennai Metro Line-3’s Signalling and Train Control and Video Management systems’ contract ASA04.
This 45.81 km mostly-underground new line of the 119.8 km Chennai Metro Phase 2 project will run in a north-south orientation to connect Madhavaram – SIPCOT 2.
Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) had invited tenders for this contract in August 2021 with an unknown estimate and 1640 day (4.5 year) deadline. Technical bids were opened in May to reveal 2 bidders.
This contract is being financed through a loan by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which requires a heavy percentage of Japanese content which is why other traditional bidders, such as Siemens and Alstom, did not participate.
Financial Bid Values
|Firm||Bid (Rs. Crore)|
|Hitachi Rail STS India||1621.19|
CMRL’s Brief Scope: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of Signalling and Train Control System and Video Management System
Like other Phase 2 packages CMRL’s estimate for this is unknown, and without Hitachi’s financial bid value I can’t provide an assessment on how they’re bid is placed and what the next steps look like.
Here’s a status of all major Line-3 systems and their status:
|Package||Status / Contractor|
|Head Hardened Rails||Mitsui & Ohmi Industries submitted bids|
|Track work||Awarded to Larsen & Toubro|
|Rolling Stock||Tender Cancelled|
|Signaling and Train Control||Hitachi is lowest bidder (this post!)|
A list of all Phase 2 civil & system packages and their status can be viewed here.
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