5 Bidders for 2nd Zoji La Tunnel’s DPR Consultant Contract

June 23, 2023 Update: Tender has been cancelled

May 3, 2023 Original Post: 5 consulting firms have submitted bids to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for 13.14 km Zoji La Tunnel’s 2nd tube after National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDC) opened technical bids on Tuesday.

This project on NH-1 will connect Ganderbal in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and Drass in Ladakh at a height of 11,575 feet (3,528 m) above sea level. The project aims to ensure all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Sonmarg and Kargil in Ladakh.

NHIDC had invited tenders for this consultancy contract in January 2023 with an unknown estimate and 300 day completion deadline.


  • Centro de Estudios de Materiales y Control de Obra, SA.
  • Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd.
  • Pini Group SA
  • RITES Ltd.
  • TUMAS Turkish Engineering Consulting & Contracting Inc. Co.

Brief Scope: Consultancy Services for Feasibility Study, Preparation of Detailed Project Report and providing pre-construction services for Construction of 2nd Tube Uni-directional Zojila Tunnel (13.14 km) in the under UT of Jammu and Kashmir

Map of new tunnels in J&K showing the location of Zojila Tunnel – Source: The Print
via Indian Express

The bids have now been sent for technical 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 consultant.

The 1st tunnel or tube’s foundation stone was laid in May 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Its civil construction contract was originally awarded to Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) which went bankrupt. In 2020, NHIDCL re-tendered the project and awarded its contract to Megha Engineering & Infrastructure (MEIL).

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6 Responses to "5 Bidders for 2nd Zoji La Tunnel’s DPR Consultant Contract"

  1. Vinay Aggarwal says:

    Would you have any details on which all firms have participated in the DPR consultancy contract for Tunnel 1 and who was awarded the contract?

  2. Rahul says:

    why is the work being undertaken in a piecemeal basis. why wasn’t both the tunnel tubes tendered out simultaneously?

    • Muneeb Hussain says:

      The zojila tunnel, which was originally proposed to be a single tube and a bi-directional tunnel was expected to cater the requirement of the traffic discharge through the stretch for the vehicles travelling to and fro between J&K and Ladakh. The project comprises of two more twin tube tunnels namely Nilgrar-I and II respectively, 3 major structures (1 viaduct and 2 MJBs) and some 4-lane highway portion (new alignment). Z-morh tunnel, which also precedes the stated project from kashmir end was completed recently, which along with the zojila tunnel was the only major project in terms of tunneling in the stretch. The survey indicated that the geology around the baltal region and zojila formation is treacherous, which is why the tunnel underwent several realignments. Subsequently, new surveys were carried out and new funds allocated after Mr. Nitin Gadkari’s visit, and now this new development is seen.

  3. Arvind Kumar Mishra says:

    I am on behalf of Bauer Engineering, a subsidiary
    company of Bauer Construction, Germany, would
    like to have an interaction with the principal employer regarding the handling of the specific
    technical problems regarding the deep foundations. Bauer Engineering is capable in providing the solutions with respect to the seepage
    Control, ground improvement and deep cable anchors.
    My e-mail is [email protected] and mobile is
    AK Mishra

  4. Bappa Mondal says:

    Why don’t post anything about project in North East


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