November 21, 2022 Update: MPMRCL has issued LOA to Vossloh with a contract value of Rs. 37,07,20,108.00
October 16, 2022 Original Post: Vossloh Cogifer earlier this month was declared as the lowest bidder to supply standard gauge rail turnouts (Package BHIN03C) for Indore Metro and Bhopal Metro’s Phase 1 projects.
These turnouts of 60E1 (UIC60) specification will enable both systems’ 52 Alstom trains to guide from one track line to another when sections of each start becoming operational, which I estimate would happen no sooner than mid-2024.
Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Co Limited (MPMRCL) invited tenders for this contract in February 2022 with a 924 (2.53 year) deadline and unknown estimate.
Financial Bid Values
|Firm||Bid (Rs. Crore)|
|Voestalpine VAE VKN||59.82|
Brief Scope: Design Manufacturing and Supply of Standard Gauge 60 E1_UIC 60_Turnouts for Bhopal Metro Rail Project and Indore Metro Rail Project
MPMRCL’s estimate is unknown to me, so I can’t provide an assessment on the chance of a LOA getting issued to Vossloh.
Both projects have 3 combined rail packages. Here’s the status for each:
|BH-IN-03A: Supply of 1260 MT UIC 60 E1 Profile 880 Grade Rails||Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) is only bidder|
|BH-IN-03B: Supply of 8425 MT Head Hardened Rails||JSPL & Mitsui submitted bids in July 2022|
|BH-IN-03C: Design Manufacturing and Supply of Standard Gauge 60 E1 UIC 60 Turnouts||Vossloh Cogifer is lowest bidder (this post!)|
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