Systra SA, the French firm that credits itself for having contributed to the development of 50 per cent of world’s Metrorail projects, and have broken a number of records like building the world’s longest, driverless metro line in Dubai, is one of the 17 national and international firms that have bid as a general engineering consultant (GEC) for the first phase of Rs 10,700 crore Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project.
Systra SA is lead member of the one of the four international consortiums — consisting of a total of 17 companies — that have bid for the project.
The other members in this consortium headed by Systra are Japan’s Oriental Consultants Global Co. Ltd, Hongkong’s AECOM Asia Co. Ltd and RITES Ltd (a Government of India enterprise).
“In response to our tender for appointing GEC for the metro rail project, we have received bids from four international consortiums. We are currently scrutinizing them,” a senior official associated with the Ahmedabad Metro project told The Indian Express on conditions of anonymity.
The GEC or the general engineering consultant will be the key advisor for the project. One of the selected consortiums is expected to replace DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) who was appointed as an interim consultant in September 2014. The selected GEC will be main advisor for the entire project, i.e from designing to commissioning,” the official added.
The other key player who have placed bids for the Ahmedabad Metro project include Mott MacDonald Ltd, a UK-based company that has been involved in the design and development of metros in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Jaipur.
Apart from Systra and Mott MacDonald, Germany-based DB International and TV SUD South Asia Pvt Ltd are the other lead members of the remaining two consortiums. These four consortiums having companies from the United Kingdom (UK), Italy, Spain, Korea, Switzerland and Germany are competing for the first phase of the project that involves commissioning of 35 km-long metro route by end of 2018.
The Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad Company Ltd — an SPV that is executing the project — will be selecting one of these four consortiums as a GEC who will help in reviewing and proof-checking of designs, system integration, assist in procurement, construction supervision, project management services, contract administration and interface management which includes assistance in testing and commissioning of the Metro rail project.