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Larsen & Toubro in race to build underground section of Ahmedabad metro

Construction giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is among the three firms that are in the race to build the Rs 1500 crore underground section of the Ahmedabad metro.

Written by Avinash Nair | Gandhinagar |
Updated: September 8, 2016 4:36:04 pm

Construction giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is among the three firms that are in the race to build the Rs 1500 crore underground section of the Ahmedabad metro.

Apart from L&T, Afcon Infrastructure Ltd, a Shapoorji Pallonji Group company, and an Italian-Thai Development Public (ITD) Company Ltd-led consortium are among those who have bid for the two contracts that involve constructing a 6.5-kilometer-long underground section of the Ahmedabad metro that falls on the East-West corridor.

The names of these three firms came up as preliminary bids were opened recently. “The technical evaluation is currently on,” said an official of the Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company Ltd.

While L&T is involved in construction of metros in Hyderabad, Lucknow, Chennai and Delhi, Afcon has Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai metros among it’s clientele. Similarly, ITD has been associated with Delhi, Bangalore and Jaipur metros.

This underground section starts after the Old High Court station and has four proposed metro stations — Shahpur, Gheekanta, Kalupur Railway Station and Kankaria East — before it resurfaces near the Apparel Park railway station. It passes about 30 meters below the ground and bypasses several heritage structures in the old city. “In order to hasten the completion of work on the underground section, we have divided this section into two parts of three kilometers and 3.5 kilometers each. Two different tenders have also been floated. The three companies have applied for both these tenders that are together worth Rs 1500 crore,” the MEGA official said

“As there are two tenders, we expect two of the three bidders to win. We also plan to start work from both the sides of the underground section and hope to complete it in 39 months,” official added. When quizzed as to why only a hand full of firms have bid for the underground section of Ahmedabad metro, the official said, “This is largely because loss-making firms were not allowed to bid. Secondly, only companies who had previous experience in constructing underground metro sections were allowed.” Currently there are about eight firms who are working on different sections of the Rs 10,700 crore Phase-I of Ahmedabad metro.

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