RVNL Wins Chennai Metro Line-3’s Sholinganallur – SIPCOT Section

January 21, 2023 Update: CMRL has issued LOA to RVNL with a contract value of Rs. 901,14,91,882.00

October 30, 2022 Original Post: Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) on Friday was declared as the lowest bidder to construct Chennai Metro Line-3’s 10.13 km Sholinganallur Lake – SIPCOT 2 section (Package C3-ECV-01/RT-01).

This leg of the 118.9 km Chennai Metro Phase 2 project consists of 9 elevated stations on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) at the southern-end of the 45.8 km Line-3 which will connect Madhavaram – SIPCOT 2 through 49 stations.

A train maintenance depot by Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) was earlier planned at SIPCOT but dropped in 2020. That has now been replaced by an elevated stabling yard, similar to the one in Wimco Nagar for the 9.051 km Phase 1 Extension project.

CMRL had originally invited bids for this package in January 2021 with a 36 month deadline and an undisclosed estimate. That tender received 3 bids in July 2021 and was then cancelled in February 2022 due to a major redesign that decoupled the metro’s viaduct from the proposed IT expressway.

Fresh bids were invited in March 2022 with a Rs. 957.50 crore estimate. Technical bids were opened in May 2022 to reveal 7 bidders. URC Construction Pvt. Ltd. (URCC)’s technical bid was rejected.

Financial Bid Values

FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL)901.15
KEC International – YFC Projects JV909.50
Larsen and Toubro Ltd. (L&T)1044.00
GR Infraprojects Ltd. (GRIL)1047.17
JMC Projects India – Evrascon JV1048.91
ITD Cementation India Ltd.1095.89

CMRL’s Brief Scope: Construction of elevated viaduct (approximate length of 10 km), nine (9) elevated metro stations at Sholinganallur Lake, Ponniamman Temple, Sathyabama University, Semmancheri, Gandhi Nagar, Navallur, Siruseri, SIPCOT 1 and SIPCOT 2 and stabling viaduct at SIPCOT

CMRL’s official Phase 2 map with my edits showcasing this package between Sholinganallur Lake – SIPCOT 2 – view Phase 2 info & route map

RVNL’s bid of Rs. 901.15 crore was 5.89% below CMRL’s estimate, so I see contract getting awarded in the coming weeks. RVNL will most likely subcontract construction work out as witnessed in Indore where URC Constructions has been engaged. Who they do to remains to be seen, but if I had to guess it’d be either to KEC or URCC.

Back in May 2022, L&T was awarded the line’s northern elevated section, connecting Nehru Nagar – Sholinganallur with 10 stations. A list of all Phase 2 civil packages and their status can be viewed here.

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16 Responses to "RVNL Wins Chennai Metro Line-3’s Sholinganallur – SIPCOT Section"

  1. HariCharan says:

    Ah finally. Hope works are grounded soon. It is OMR residents dream to get the project sailing

  2. Thomas says:

    Waiting for it to finish it would be a boon for OMR residents

  3. Thomas says:

    It would have been nice if this was implemented a decade ago. Anyways the rail link between ECR and Chennai will remain a dream if it was real it would have been a boon of the residents of OMR and ECR.

  4. Sivakumar Krishnan says:

    Is subway near vanuvampet junction is coming up

  5. Aravindan says:



    This route has a great potential

  6. Senthil says:

    Chennai to Thiruvallur. metro station roat.9444561056

  7. sreesub (@sreesub) says:

    Wait RVNL is part of Indian Railways. They want to get into Metro Rail construction?

    • Kartik says:

      They already do metro construction. They worked on Kolkata metro aand infact they executed the project really quickly. (They only got the land in 2019 so they are not responsible for the delays).

      They are also working on Indore metro package IN-02 and IN-03. Yes on two packages. Here they have subcontracted some work to URC construction. And here also the work is going on at a really good pace. Considering work only started last December, i can now see station structures coming up in multiple locations. They already have 2 launchers working.

  8. Kalidas R says:

    It would be great if the line is extended upto KELEMBAKKAM & a Circular route linking Vandalur – Airport .


    Glad to note this news of development and also it’s order of the day.
    One humble suggestion:
    Any possible to routing thro’ Velachery, which huge potential of commuters mainly for Phoenix Mall etc.,

  10. AbidAli says:

    Tunnel Engineer

  11. Vijayadurai says:

    This is music to ears.

    Metro will be a public worthy transport for South Chennai people esp the OMR / ECR sides, as this is toll road with its own flaws.
    IT sector ppl and many a residents till Tiruporur will be benefitted.

    Like to thank TheMetroRailGuy website team for all the updates. Its a vision for us.

  12. HariCharan says:

    It took three months to award contract after opening the bids. Any idea on when the works will be started in this stretch ?

  13. Ram says:

    When construction work will start ?


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