4 firms / consortia have submitted bids to construct Bandra Kurla Complex Station of the 508.17 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR Bullet Train) after National National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) opened technical bids today.
This terminus station of 1.03 km long Package C1 will be built using the cut and cover method between chainage -0.255 to 0.775. The 467m long station area within it will have 6 platforms of 425m length to accommodate 16 coach trains.
The station box will consist of 3 levels – service floor, concourse and platform at a depth of 24m below ground level.
NHSRCL had originally invited tenders for this package in November 2019 and cancelled it in February 2022 due to uncertainty over its construction due to an indifferent state government at the time. Tenders were re-invited in July 2022 with a 1638 day (4.48 year) completion timeframe.
- Afcons Infrastructure Ltd.
- J. Kumar Infraprojects Ltd. (JKIL)
- Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
- MEIL – HCC JV
IFB Number: Package No. MAHSR-C-1
Brief Scope: Design and Const. of Civil and Buildings Works on Design-Build Lump Sum Price basis for Double Line High Speed Railway for Mumbai Underground Station, Cut and Cover Tunnel and Shaft-1 from MAHSR Km. -0.255 to Km. 0.775 at BKC in Maharashtra
The bids have now been sent for technical evaluation which should take a couple months to complete. When that is done, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened to reveal who’s the lowest bidder and most likely contractor for this package.
The assigned contractor for BKC Station will also be required to build a tunnel boring machine (TBM) retrieval shaft on the eastern-end. This is where TBMs used in Package C2 will complete their underground journey.
If things go according to the scheduled timeline, then I see preliminary construction work for this package starting in mid-2023 and actual construction work by 2023-end.
A list of all bullet train civil and system packages and their status can be viewed here.
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