Nagpur – Gondia Expressway: Afcons & NCC Win Contracts

Afcons Infrastructure Ltd. and NCC Ltd. on Tuesday were declared as the lowest bidders to construct 4 packages of the 127 km Nagpur – Bhandara – Gondia Expressway project after financial bids were opened.

Nagpur – Gondia Expressway in eastern Maharashtra will be developed as a 4 lane access-controlled highway on the EPC mode by Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). It will have its western terminal at Gavasi village on Nagpur’s Outer Ring Road, roughly 7 km from eastern terminal of the 701 km Mumbai – Nagpur Expressway (Samruddhi Mahamarg or ME-2).

On the east-side, Nagpur – Gondia Expressway will terminate at village Sawari, located north of Gondia, while a 13.745 km bypass will be constructed around the south-western side of Gondia (note: this bypass is not shown in the map below). Besides Gondia Bypass, a 3.826 km spur will link to the town of Tiroda which hosts MIDC’s Growth Centre.

The expressway has been designed with a 100 meter right-of-way (ROW) and a 120 kmph speed limit. It will be constructed under 4 packages: NG-01, NG-02, NG-03 and NG-04.

MSRDC had applied for Environmental Clearance in October 2023 and invited bids for civil construction in February 2024 with a 2.5 year construction deadline. Bids were opened in early May to reveal 8 firms had submitted a total of 20 bids.

Financial Bid Values

Here are the financial bid values for each package. Afcons won packages NC-01 and NC-02 on the Nagpur side, while NCC scooped up packages NC-03 and NC-04 on the Gondia side.

Package NG-01

  • Length: 29.40 km
  • Chainage: km 0+000 Gavasi Tq. Nagpur (Rural) to km 29+400 Chanoda Tq. Kuhi Dist. Nagpur
  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 1821.74 crore
FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
GR Infra2686.07

Package NG-02

  • Length: 29.450 km
  • Chainage: km 29+400 Chanoda Tq. Kuhi Dist. Nagpur to km 58+850 Thana Tq. Dist. Bhandara
  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 1928.45 crore
FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
GR Infra2950.07

Package NG-03

  • Length: 31.226 km
  • Chainage: km 94+100 Manora to km 121+500 Sonegaon Tq. Tiroda Dist. Gondia (Length: 27.400 km) with Tiroda connector km 0+000 Paldongari to km 3+826 Kachewani Tq. Tiroda Dist. Gondia (Length- 3.826 km)
  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 1964.40 crore
FirmBid (Rs. Crore)

Package NC-04

  • Length: 37.052
  • Chainage: km 121+500 Sonegaon Tq. Tiroda to km 144+807 Sawari Tq. Dist. Gondia (Length: 23.307 km) with Gondia Bypass km 0+000 Lohari to km 13+745 Karanja Tq. Dist. Gondia (Length- 13.745 km)
  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 1771.99 crore
FirmBid (Rs. Crore)
Montecarlo 2636
Patel Infra2675
Afcons Infra2676
Route of Nagpur – Gondia Expressway via the government’s environmental clearance website (includes my markings) – view project information page

The lowest bid for each package’s construction was significantly higher than MSRDC’s estimate, so we’ve reached a deadlock which can take months to resolve. For instance – in Package NG-01, Afcons’ bid was 42.72% higher than MSRDC’s estimate. Similarly in Package NG-03, NCC’s bid was 39.71% higher.

It’s the same story for all other packages. There just isn’t any room for negotiations without altering scope or quality. It remains to be seen if MSRDC will bite the bullet (by revising their budget) and award contracts to get work started OR will scrap the entire process and re-invite bids.

Nagpur – Gondia Expressway is expected to reduce the travel time between both cities to about 2 hours from the current 4-5 hour journey. Maharashtra’s government plans to develop an impressive 5000 km expressway network in the state. Nagpur – Gondia Expressway is displayed by number 2 below:

Graphic via Pooja Khushwah

MSRDC on Tuesday also opened bids for 5 other expressway projects – and things don’t look too bright for them either. Check out each link below for a list of winners:

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5 Responses to "Nagpur – Gondia Expressway: Afcons & NCC Win Contracts"

  1. Suresh Khadri says:

    Same construction company quotes rates for nhai in below than estimate, and for msrdc upto 50 percent above estimate, it means dpr is faulty or contractor may doing something manage

  2. Rahul says:

    There is something seriously wrong, this is just delaying projects. Is it possible that the contractor have formed a cartel?

  3. satish dwivedi says:

    Iam liaison manager

  4. satish dwivedi says:

    Iam liaison manager 9763517981


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