Siemens Ltd. – Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. JV on Thursday was declared as the lowest bidder for the overhead electrification (OHE) contract of Mumbai Metro’s 23.6 km Line-2B (Yellow Line).
This elevated line connecting DN Nagar – Mandale (Mankhurd) is a south-easterly extension of the recently inaugurated 18.6 km Line-2A (Dahisar – DN Nagar). J Kumar Infraprojects had taken over a portion of its construction work, between DN Nagar – MTNL, from Simplex Infrastructure in 2021.
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had invited bids for the electrification contract (Package CA-40) in November 2022 with a 3 year completion deadline and Rs. 443.36 crore estimate. Technical bids were opened in January to reveal 2 bidders: Siemens and KEC.
Financial Bid Values
|Firm||Bid (Rs. Crore)|
|Siemens – RVNL JV||378.16|
Per RVNL’s regulatory release to the BSE, Siemens is the lead partner with a 60% share in the joint-venture while RVNL has a 40% share.
Brief Scope: Design, Manufacture, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of 2 nos. 110kV receiving substation including 110 kV, 33kV & 25kV cabling work, complete 25kV overhead catenary system along with switching station, 33Kv auxiliary power distribution system including 33/0.415 kV auxiliary sub-station (ASS) and complete SCADA system for main line & depot of Mumbai Metro line 2B of MMRDA.
Siemens – RVNL JV’s bid of Rs. 378.16 crore was well below MMRDA’s estimate of Rs. 443.36 crore, so a contract should be awarded in the coming weeks without a lengthy financial bid evaluation period.
MMRDA on March 23 had announced that a part of Line-2B and Line-9 will open in 2023, which is absurd given that we’re still in the bidding stage for critical system components.
The first section to be opened will definitely be between Diamond Nagar – Mandale, and I see it opening no sooner than 2025. Back in February, MMRDA had received 2 bids, from J Kumar Infraprojects and Ahluwalia Constructions, for the pre-engineered building (PEB) roof and architectural finishing works at 5 stations en route.
A list of Mumbai Metro Yellow Line’s packages (civil & systems) and their status can be viewed here.
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