A company that is under the Mumbai civic body’s scanner for alleged irregularities in road work is likely to implement the construction of two Metro rail corridors — both showpiece projects of the state government — and achieve its target of a 100-km plus Metro network in the city by 2019.
The firm, JKumar Infraprojects, has emerged as the lowest bidder for both the construction packages of the 18.5-km Dahisar-DN Nagar elevated Metro line in Mumbai, a senior state official said.
The Maharashtra government has appointed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as the nodal agency for the rendering and implementation of the Metro line.
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A senior state government official said, “The DMRC had called for tenders for the Metro line in two packages, and as per the rules it had set, a single company can be awarded contracts for both packages. JKumar Infraprojects is the lowest bidder for both the construction packages. However, the DMRC is still evaluating the bids and is yet to take a final call.”
A company official said its bid was nearly 7-8 per cent lower than the cost the DMRC had estimated for the work.
Besides being likely to be awarded the contract for the Rs 6,410-crore Dahisar-DN Nagar line, JKumar Infraprojects has also been given a portion of another 16.5-km Metro line for construction. Work on the Rs 6,208-crore Dahisar East-Andheri East elevated Metro line is expected to start simultaneously with the Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro.
Company officials as well as government officials said the ongoing controversy in the BMC over road work would have no impact on awarding of Metro Rail contracts.
JKumar Infraprojects will build a part of the elevated viaduct and six of the total 16 elevated stations of the 16.5-km Dahisar East-Andheri East corridor, for which the MMRDA has been appointed as the nodal agency.
Having set a 30-month deadline with a hope to complete the projects before the 2019 polls, the government is pushing for construction of both the Metro lines to start after monsoon this year.
JKumar Infraprojets is among six road contractors against whom the BMC has filed FIRs under the charges of cheating and conspiracy. The BMC has also sent show cause notices to the six contractors implicated in the first round of its probe into the quality of road works. The notices charge the contractors with “not executing the contract as per the design given by the civic body” and “claiming bills for quantity of work not executed”.