RVNL Wins Kolkata’s Elevated Kona Expressway’s Contract

Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL) on Friday was declared as the lowest bidder to construct a 7.192 km elevated road on Kolkata’s existing Kona Expressway.

This project in Howrah, West Bengal by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) involves relaying NH-117’s existing 4 lane road and constructing a new 6 lane elevated viaduct on a single row of piers between NH-16 at Nibra – Santragachi – Shibpur – Vidyasagar Setu. Its Detailed Project Report (DPR) was first prepared by RITES in 2018.

Kona Expressway’s route map by RITES via Ankan Roy on Twitter

NHAI had invited tenders for its construction contract under engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode in February with a Rs. 839.46 crore estimate and 2.5 year construction deadline.

Technical bids were opened in mid-March to reveal 6 bidders. During evaluation, bids from 2 firms – GPT Infraprojects Ltd. and PNC Infratech Ltd. were found technically non-responsive.

Financial bids for the rest 4 firms (DRA Infra, KPTL, L&T and RVNL) were opened on Friday to reveal RVNL as the lowest bidder.

I don’t have bid values for this tender. If someone does, then leave a comment below or shoot me a message via the Contact page. I’d like to add it in here for record keeping.

April 4 Update: Bid values are now available (hat-tip: Kuwarjeet Singh)

FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd.720.67
Larsen & Toubro Ltd.1045
Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon Pvt. Ltd.1046
Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd. (KPTL)1122

Brief Scope: Construction of Six Lane Elevated Kona Expressway from Km. 0.145 to Km. 7.337 of NH117 in the state of West Bengal on EPC mode

Design rendering of Kona Expressway at Santragachi by Orbit Animate – view more here
Render by Orbit Animate – view more here

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9 Responses to "RVNL Wins Kolkata’s Elevated Kona Expressway’s Contract"

  1. Hochimin Samal says:

    Please find the resume attached for the position of Civil Engg..I am particularly interested in this position in which relates strongly to my 6yr experience in the areas of MAJOR BRIDGES, ELEVATED VIADUCT,MARINE STRUCTURES,PILE FOUNDATION,PRESTRESS,PRECAST YARD.&NHAI Structure& Steel structure & so on.. Kindly consider for Suitable position.

    Hochimin Samal

  2. Menon Sahab says:

    The current Union Government is forcing CPSEs to participate in such tenders, wherein even if they are the L1 bidder, they do not have Departmental Manpower to undertake. They inturn will sub-contract to other small parties and in turn they will sub-sub-contract.

    A never ending cycle.

    I don’t expect any good work from RVNL as their road work on the diversion of Belgharia Expressway during extension of Line 1 (Noapara-Dakshineswar) is pathetic with crater sized potholes.

  3. S P Sen says:

    It is a choice between Devil and Deep Sea. One side private contractors who never maintain quality and follow specifications otherside is public sectors companies which sublet the work to numerous small/petty contractors who has nothing to do with quality and specs.

  4. Rohit Daga says:

    I am a manufacturer of Flyash bricks of
    ACC Brand …..
    Kindly contact me for brick requirements

  5. Debasish Roy says:

    RVNL bagged the contract with Rs.720.6 crores. The project has to complete in 910 days.

  6. Abhishek Maity says:

    RVNL has no credentials of Road Project as a EPC mode contractor. Also they have no Infrastructure as EPC mode . They have no parmanent office at Kolkata ( Rental office) has no machineries & parmanent staffs .. So how enabled as L1 ?? So I think they must hacked the deta amount from RITES ..

  7. A Bhattacharya says:

    Hi. I am interested in this project for suitable position in Civil Execution work (PSC Girders, Pile Foundation, Sub-Structure, Super-structure etc.). I have an experience of more than 11 years in structures. Feel free to contact me on 8475074001.

  8. Calcutta Electric Corporation says:

    Want to get enlisted in RVNL for this project…. Any leads??


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