THE MUMBAI Port Trust (MbPT) in a board meeting Tuesday approved the bidder for the complete redevelopment of 500 hectares of MbPT land along the eastern seafront of the city. Ahmedabad-based HCP Design, Planning and Management Private Limited, in consortium with Price Waterhouse Cooper and Unity Consultancy, was approved as the final bidder Tuesday after the group had emerged top in technical evaluation among the six final bidders earlier.
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The group also had the lowest financial bid for the project, according to an MbPT press release. According to the MbPT, the consultant will start the work immediately and the draft master plan for 500 hectares of MbPT land should be ready within next six months.
The detailed master plan for an area of about 165 out of the available 500 hectares is expected to be ready in the next nine months. The total consultancy period is 42 months.
The MbPT had invited bids from eminent architects and planners from across the world to undertake the planning, infrastructure design and marketing activities along the eastern seafront. The plan was to convert the entire east coast of Mumbai into an international tourist spot, where people from the city and elsewhere could come and enjoy non-port activities. A comprehensive public transport system was also proposed.
Six shortlisted bidders had then presented their design last week, out which HCP design had merged on top. In the evaluation, 80 per cent emphasis was given to technical and 20 per cent to the financial bid.