DRA – DMRC Wins Mumbai – Ahmedabad Bullet Train Thane Depot’s Contract

Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon – Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DRA – DMRC JV) on Wednesday was declared as the lowest bidder to construct Thane Depot (Package D-1) of the 508.17 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR Bullet Train) project.

Thane Depot for India’s National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) will be used to stable and maintain Shinkansen train-sets on a 58 hectare land parcel (view on Google Maps) near Bharodi and Anjur villages of Maharashtra. It’ll be the project’s second largest train depot after Sabarmati Depot, under construction just north of Ahmedabad city.

This depot for light maintenance work will initially consist of 4 inspection lines (8 in the future), 10 stabling lines (31 in the future), an inspection bay, and a washing plant.

NHSRCL had invited tenders for its construction in December 2022 with an unknown estimate and 2010 day (5.5 year) construction deadline.

Technical bids were opened in May to reveal 4 bidders. During evaluation, KEC International was declared non-compliant to the tender conditions and disqualified.

Financial Bid Values

FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
Larsen & Toubro (L&T)1570

IFB Number: Package No. MAHSR-D-1

Brief Scope: Design and Const. of Thane Depot including Civil Works, Building Works, Inspection Sheds, Maintenance Depot, and Installation, Testing and Commissioning of Maintenance Facilities, and other Associated works in the State of Maharashtra for MAHSR

Location of Thane Depot (D1) in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) – view Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR information & route map

NHSRCL’s estimate remains unknown to me, so I can’t provide an assessment of how DRA – DMRC JV’s bid is placed and expected timing of next steps. But looking at their bid relative to others, this will definitely be awarded to them without going through a lengthy retendering process.

When awarded, this will be DRA – DMRC JV’s second major win this year. In November, they won Ahmedabad Railway Station’s redevelopment contract from India’s Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA). I hear its contract signing ceremony was held last week.

Coming back to the bullet train project, this is the final major civil contract of the project pending award. In December 2022, Sojitz Corporation – Larsen & Toubro JV was awarded Sabarmati Depot (Package D2)’s civil construction contract. The smallest depot of the project, located in Surat, is already under construction as part of 237.1 km civil Package C4’s scope of works.

A list of all bullet train civil & system packages and their status can be viewed here.

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6 Responses to "DRA – DMRC Wins Mumbai – Ahmedabad Bullet Train Thane Depot’s Contract"

  1. satish says:

    why tf is DMRC here

    • Wasim says:

      they have to make a profit from somewhere to run the metro.

      • uday says:

        Bruh 💀 sayin facts.
        But they have some kinda expertise in management and construction also so that kinda could use in maintaining quality of management scrutiny in dra company..

        Also dra is known for shoddy work 🤡😐💀👽👽

  2. Rohan says:

    When will the construction of under sea tunnel start??

  3. Aditya says:

    Very huge difference in the first and second bid. Hope they are no compromises.


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