Gawar Wins Mumbai Metro Line 12’s Construction Contract CA-240

March 27, 2024 Update: MMRDA has issued LOA to Gawar Constructions with a final contract value of Rs. 1971.77 crore.

February 9, 2024 Original Post: Gawar Constructions Ltd. (GCL) was today declared as the lowest bidder for the civil construction work of Mumbai Metro’s Line-12 (Orange Line) which will connect Kalyan – Dombivali – Amandoot (Taloja) by Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

Mumbai Metro’s Line-12 with 19 elevated stations will be built as a 22.17 km long southern elevated extension of the partially under construction 23.53 km Line-5 (Thane – Bhiwandi – Kalyan) at an estimated cost of Rs 4,132 crore.

MMRDA had originally invited bids for its construction in February 2023 through 2 civil packages (CA-185 and CA-186), received 19 bids in May, and then cancelled the tendering process in June due to a significant change in scope.

They re-invited bids via Package CA-240 in December 2023 with a Rs. 1877.88 crore estimate and 30 month deadline. The contract’s scope now includes 2 additional stations named Kalyan and APMC Kalyan which were earlier planned to be built as part of Line-5.

Technical bids were opened in January 2024 to reveal 3 bidders. During evaluation, Welspun Enterprises Ltd. (WEL) was found technically non-compliant to the tender’s conditions and their bid was disqualified.

Financial Bid Values

FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
Gawar Constructions Ltd. (GCL)2037.20
J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd. (JKIL)2158.62

Brief Scope: Part design and construction of elevated viaduct (chainage -860.224 m to +21316.022 m) and 19 elevated stations viz. Kalyan, APMC Kalyan, Ganesh Nagar, Pisavali Gaon, Golavli, Dombivli MIDC, Sagaon, Sonarpada, Manpada, Hedutane, Kolegaon, Nilje Gaon, Vadavli (khu), Bale, Waklan, Turbhe, Pisarve Depot, Pisarve, Amandoot, including connecting line to depot from main line reference chainage 12+543 from Vadavli (khu) to depot (chainage 0+000 to 1+393) of line 12 [Kalyan-Taloja] [excluding architectural finishing & pre-engineered steel roof structure of stations] of Mumbai Metro Rail Project of MMRDA

Indicative alignment of Mumbai Metro’s Line-12 (Kalyan – Dombivli MIDC – Nilje Gaon – Waklan – Taloja) – view Mumbai Metro Orange Line information

Gawar Construction’s bid of Rs. 2037.20 crore was 8.48% higher than MMRDA’s estimate of Rs. 1877.88 crore, which is marginal, so a contract should be awarded without negotiations. MMRDA is notorious for taking a long time to award contracts from the financial bid opening date, so this step can take anywhere from 3-6 months.

With this development, I expect basic ground work to begin after the monsoons end with full-fledged construction starting in Q4 (Oct – Dec) 2024.

I’ve never heard of Gawar Construction participating in metro projects’ construction so I suspect they’re in a joint-venture with another firm, possibly Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL) as a silent partner.

As shared in the past – when construction begins, Mumbai’s package CA-240 at 22.17 km will become the longest EPC package in India’s metro construction history. The current longest is Bangalore Metro Phase 2B’s 15 km Package 3 which is under construction by NCC.

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