After opening bids for UG-02 & UG-04 yesterday, Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) today opened bids for Packages UG-01, UG-03 and UG-05 to reveal 8 construction firms (2 in a consortium) have bid for the civil construction of 18 underground stations of Chennai’s new 45.81 km Line-3.
While Chennai Metro Phase 2 project‘s Package UG-01 in North Chennai received 8 bids, UG-03 received 6 bids and UG-05 in Central Chennai received 7 bids.
Line-3 will connect Madhavaram Milk Colony and SIPCOT via 49 stations. Within that, 29 underground stations will be built between Madhavaram and Taramani Road Junction and connected by tunneling packages TU-01 and TU-02, which were awarded to Tata Projects and Larsen & Toubro in May 2021.
This is a re-tender of Line-3’s underground civil packages. In the first round, Tata Projects and Larsen & Toubro were declared as the lowest bidders for these 3 packages in October 2021.
CMRL re-invited tenders for their contracts in December 2021 with 4.25 to 4.7 year completion deadlines. They revised the bid submission deadline at least 14 times that I know of.
- DRA Infracon – Soma JV
- HCC – KEC JV
- ITD Cementation India Ltd.
- Larsen and Toubro Ltd. (L&T)
- Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Ltd. (MEIL)
- Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL)
- Tata Projects Ltd. (TPL) – Package UG-01 only
- URC Construction Pvt. Ltd. (URCC) – Packages UG-01 & UG-05 only
Package UG01-RT01 (Madhavaram to Perambur)
This package includes entire civil work at 5 stations and partial works at 2 stations.
Brief Scope: Construction of five (05) underground stations at Thapalpetti, Moolakadai, Sembiyam, Perambur Market and Perambur Metro and Crossover at Sembiyam and works other than diaphragm wall of two underground stations at Madhavaram Milk Colony and Murari
Package UG03-RT01 (KMC to Royapettah)
This package includes entire civil work at 5 stations and partial works at 2 stations. The new station-box at KMC (Kilpauk) will form an interchange with 22 km Green Line (Line-2) which connects Chennai Central and St. Thomas Mount, while a new station box at Thousand Lights will form an interchange with 23.10 km Blue Line (Line-1) which connects Chennai Airport and Wimco Nagar.
Brief Scope: Construction of five (05) underground stations at KMC, Sterling Road Junction, Nangambakkam, Gemini, Thousand Lights and Thousand Lights Crossover and works other than diaphragm wall of two underground stations at Royapettah Govt. Hospital & Chetpet Metro
Package UG05-RT01 (Adyar Depot – Taramani Link Road Ramp)
This package includes entire civil work at 3 stations, partial works at 1 station and one ramp leading to Line-3’s elevated section towards Sholinganallur and SIPCOT.
Brief Scope: Construction of three (03) underground stations at Adyar Depot, Indira Nagar and Taramani Road Jn and Ramp and works other than diaphragm wall of underground station station Thiruvanmiyur Metro
The bids have now been sent for technical bid evaluation which can 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 each.
The current bid opening date for Line-5’s UG-06 is March 31, so stay tuned! A complete list of Phase 2’s civil & system packages and their status can be viewed here.
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