Larsen & Toubro (L&T) last Thursday was awarded a Rs. 2688.54 crore EPC construction contract for a new 12.2 km bridge connecting Palashbari – Sualkuchi in Assam.
This 4 lane extradosed PSC bridge over the Brahmaputra river will be built just west of Guwahati and link Kaita Sidhi on NH-17 (near Mirza) on the south bank with Bongsor Sualkuchi Road on the north bank.
The project’s foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 14, 2023 with a total estimated cost of Rs. 3197.20 crores. 80% of its cost will be financed by the New Development Bank (NDB) which approved a USD 300 million loan in July 2019.
Assam’s Public Works Road Department (PWRD) had invited pre-qualification (RfQ) applications for its construction in March 2023 with a Rs. 2600 crore estimate. They received two applications in June 2023 from Larsen Toubro and SP Singla Constructions.
SP Singla was disqualified during the RfQ’s evaluation which resulted in Larsen & Toubro automatically becoming the lowest bidder when their financial bid was opened as part of the Request for Proposal (RfP) stage .
Brief Scope: Construction of Extra Dosed PSC Bridge over river Brahmaputra connecting Palashbari and Sualkuchi including viaduct, approaches, river training works etc. on EPC mode
Here are a few design renderings shared by Assam’s CM, Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Twitter back in April 2023:
The Prime Minister’s YouTube video about this bridge shows a rough alignment of it at the 1:42 mark.
With this development, I expect basic ground work for the river training component to start in Q2 2024 and actual construction work for the bridge’s substructure towards the end of Q3 2024.
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