September 14, 2023 Update: MMRDA has awarded Rithwik Projects with Line-5 Depot’s Rs. 589.56 crore construction contract.
March 12, 2023 Original Post: Rithwik Projects on Thursday was declared as the lowest bidder for the civil construction of Mumbai Metro Orange Line (Line-5)’s Kasheli Depot (Package CA-151).
This metro train depot (car shed) by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is planned to be built on a 27.13 hectare land parcel (view on Google Maps) just south of Kasheli metro station under construction by Afcons Infrastructure.
Besides administrative buildings, it’ll consist of a 690m long test track, stabling shed (SBL) with 30 lines, workshop shed (WSL) area with 3 lines, and an inspection shed (IBL) area with 4 lines.
Financial Bid Values
|Firm||Bid (Rs. Crore)|
|Rithwik Projects Pvt. Ltd.||597.56|
|Vishwa Samudra Engineering Pvt. Ltd.||612.74|
|Montecarlo – YFC Projects JV||Disqualified|
Brief Scope: Construction of Depot Infrastructures comprising Stabling Yard, Operation Control Centre and Administrative building, Maintenance and workshop buildings, Auxiliary substation, Finishing, Plumbing, Earthworks for land development, Compound wall, Road, Approach Bridge and Undeground Utility Duct Works, Drainage, Rain Water Harvesting, Staff Quarters etc. Complete Including Architectural Finishing works and PEB Works for Car Depot at Kasheli for Metro Line-5 of Mumbai Metro Rail Project of MMRDA
Rithwik’s bid of Rs. 597.56 crore was 26.59% higher than MMRDA’s estimate of Rs. 472.02 crore, so I see this heading to the negotiation table for contract finalization.
As shared earlier, this site is surrounded by mangroves and the MMRDA is currently trying to appoint a consultant to help get approval for Forest Clearance. With these two impediments at play, there’s a long, long way to go before construction work starts.
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