The city’s development authority will award contracts for a Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro Monday, with the aim of starting actual construction after monsoon.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has received bids from nine companies in three packages, with many firms having bid for more than one package of the civil work of the elevated Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro.
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UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner, said, “Overall, there are about four or five bids for each of the three packages. The bid amounts too are more or less in line with our cost estimations, with the lowest bidders for all three packages having quoted about two to five percent lower than our cost estimates.”
The MMRDA will put the bid proposals before its executive committee, chaired by the chief secretary, on Monday. The authority had estimated the cost of the project to be Rs 6,208 crore, including land acquisition costs and taxes.
The 16.5-km Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro, which will have 16 stations, will connect locations such as Borivli, Kandivli (East), Goregaon’s Aarey junction, Bombay Exhibition Centre, and the Jogeshwari Vikhroli link road junction. The MMRDA had invited bids last year on a cash contract model, setting an ambitious deadline of 30 months to complete the construction.
Total 16 companies, including Hindustan Construction Co, Reliance Infrastructure, Simplex Infrastructure, Pratibha Industries, Larsen & Toubro, J Kumar Infraprojects, Unity InfraProjects, Tata, and IL&FS, among others, had initially evinced interest and attended the pre-bid meeting. Of these, nine companies have submitted final bids.
“The contractors will start preparatory work of clearing the land, getting traffic permissions and so on before the monsoon, while actual construction will begin after monsoon,” Madan said. He added that bids for another 18.5-km elevated Metro between Dahisar and DN Nagar, for which the state government has appointed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as the nodal agency, were also likely to be finalised in a week. “Work for that corridor too is expected to start after monsoon this year,” Madan said.
The two Metro lines are part of the state government’s ambitious plan of a 100-kilometre plus Metro network in Mumbai by 2019-2020.