Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on Monday invited tenders for the construction and remodeling of the Purple Line’s operational Baiyappanahalli Depot.
This train maintenance depot in Phase 2A (ORR Line) will be repurposed to serve the city’s new 57 km Blue Line, which along with Phase 2B (Airport Line), will connect Central Silk Board – KR Puram – Bengaluru International Airport.
The depot was originally built by URC Constructions in Bangalore Metro’s Phase 1 and consists of 16 stabling bay lines (SBL), 3 inspection bay lines (IBL) and 4 repair bay lines (RBL). Its remodel involves augmenting stabling capacity from 16 to 42 lines, with the possibility of new level getting added.
This contract is being financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which approved a USD 500 million (approx. Rs 3680 crore) loan in December 2020.
- Estimated Cost: Rs. 266.21 Crore
- Deadline / Period of Work: 821 Days
- Pre-bid Meeting: 12th September, 2022
- Bid Submission Start Date: 03rd October, 2022
- Bid Submission End Date: 07th October, 2022
- Technical Bid Opening Date: 10th October, 2022
Brief Scope: Construction & remodeling of existing Baiyappanahalli Depot for Bangalore Metro Rail Project-Phase 2A
The remodel of Baiyappanahalli Depot is being planned in a a phased manner so that it doesn’t affect train operations on the Purple Line. When the Purple Line’s Kadugodi Depot and Challaghatta Depot go live, Baiyappanahalli Depot will be fully converted to service the Blue Line’s CBTC equipped trains only.
Operations on the Blue Line will also be supported by a smaller depot near the airport called Doddajala Depot or Shettigere Depot for which land acquisition is underway.
Back in September 2021, PADECO Co. Ltd. – Ardanuy India Pvt Ltd. JV was awarded both depots’ Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) contract valued at Rs. 3.94 crore.
Both depots will house 222 new coaches (37 x 6) as part of a 318 coach contract financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). A tender notice for their procurement is still pending, which is fine for the Blue Line but now terribly delays the start of operations on Phase 2 project’s 21.38 km Pink Line till at least 2025.
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