DRA – DMRC Wins Ahmedabad Railway Station’s Redevelopment Work

Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon – Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DRA – DMRC JV) was today declared as the lowest bidder among 6 to redevelop Ahmedabad Junction Railway Station (ADI) in Gujarat.

This EPC project by India’s Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) in Ahmedabad’s Kalupur neighborhood involves completely transforming the existing Indian Railway facility into a modern facility with commercial, residential & retail developments that integrates local heritage monuments strewn in the vicinity, such as Brick Minar and Jhulta Minar.

This is a contract retender. The prior round was cancelled in April 2023 when Afcons Infrastructure, the lowest bidder, placed a Rs. 5355 crore bid which was significantly higher than RLDA’s estimate of Rs. 2563 crore.

RLDA re-invited tenders in July 2023 with a 3 year completion deadline while keeping the same estimate. I’m not aware of any scope changes.

Financial Bid Values

FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
DRA – DMRC JV2383.59
Afcons Infrastructure3094.56
ITD Cementation3194.77
PSP – DBL JV3302.93
Larsen & Toubro (L&T)3447.23

Brief Scope: Re-development of Ahmedabad Railway Station and construction of associated infrastructure on Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) Mode

The new station building’s design is inspired by Modhera Sun Temple, and the station premises will include an open space Amphitheatre inspired by Adalaj Stepwell.

Amphitheatre’s design – prepared by RLDA’s appointed architect
Design prepared by RLDA’s appointed architect

DRA – DMRC JV’s bid of Rs. 2383.59 crore was 7% lower than RLDA’s estimate of Rs. 2563 crore, so we should see a contract getting awarded in the coming months after the Railway Board’s approval.

On the eastern-end of Ahmedabad Railway Station, DRA as part of IRCON – DRA JV is coincidentally currently constructing Ahmedabad Station of the 508 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad Bullet Train project’s 18.12 km Package C7. That station can be seen in the right corner of the below rendering with a blue colored PEB roof.

Design prepared by RLDA’s appointed architect

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6 Responses to "DRA – DMRC Wins Ahmedabad Railway Station’s Redevelopment Work"

  1. No says:

    There would almost certainly be scope changes, right? Afcons have themselves reduced bid from 5355 to 3095 cr..

  2. Arun says:

    AFCONS has reduced it’s price significantly from what its Price was earlier. So could be a result of Scope reduction or change in ER/ Specifications. However, how is a Developer getting qualified as a Contractor or a member of JV of the bidding Contractor!!??

    • TMRG says:

      Right! I’m curious to see how they demonstrated construction experience.

    • Rachit says:

      IMO, this being an EPC contract; DMRC is design consultant to the contractor DRA.
      The role of consultant is equally important here as they have to deal with Railways.
      Regarding Low Bid….Out of Tender items ka naam to suna hi hoga! Expect the cost to triple by the time it’s completed. Mark my words.


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