7 Bidders for Chennai Metro Line 5’s E&M Contract for 22 Stations

7 firms have bid for Chennai Metro Line-5’s electrical & mechanical (E&M), fire protection, ventilation and air-conditioning contract C5-EM-04 after Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) opened technical bids today.

This mostly-elevated 44.6 km long line of Chennai Metro’s 116.1 km Phase 2 project will run in a north-south orientation to connect Madhavaram Milk Colony – Sholinganallur.

This contract’s scope includes system works at 22 elevated stations and viaduct between Koyambedu Market and Elcot Park stations. The Koyambedu Market – Puzhuthivakkam section is under construction by Larsen & Toubro (Package C5-ECV-02), while Puzhuthivakkam – Elcot Park is under construction by HCC – KEC JV (Package C5-ECV-03).

CMRL had invited tenders for this crucial contract in February 2023 with an unknown estimate and 810 day (2.2 year) completion deadline.


  • ABS Fujitsu General Pvt. Ltd.
  • Antelec Pvt. Ltd.
  • Blue Star Ltd.
  • Jakson Ltd.
  • Larsen & Toubro Ltd.
  • SMS India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Universal MEP Projects & Engineering Services Ltd.

Package: C5-EM-04

CMRL’s Brief Scope: Supply, installation, testing, commissioning and training of electrical, fire protection and VAC works for 22 Elevated Stations from Koyambedu Market Metro to Elcot Park Metro including Viaduct between the stations (Ch: 15576 To Ch. 45300) for Corridor-5 of Chennai Metro Rail Project, Phase-II

CMRL’s May 2023 updated Chennai Metro Phase 2 Map – view Phase 2 information & route map

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.

CMRL is chipping away at system contracts, but they still haven’t published re-tender notices for procuring Line-3 and Line-5’s train-sets. Package ARE-02 for 210 coaches was cancelled in June 2022 after receiving no bids, while Package ARE-04 for leasing 126 coaches was cancelled in December 2021 after receiving a poor response from rolling stock manufacturers.

A list of all Chennai Metro Phase 2 civil & system packages and their status can be viewed here.

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