After much delay,the work on railway portions of flyover bridges at Kalali crossing and near Soma Talav is likely to begin soon with the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) finalising builders for the work.
This is for the first time that VMC will build bridges on railway tracks however the delay is likely to cost the civic body more than Rs 8 crore.
The work on Kalali flyover,a Central government-funded Jawaharlal Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project in the western part of the city,had started in August 2009.
The Ahmedabad-based contractor for the work,Ranjit Buildcon Limited (RBL),has completed three approaches of the bridge at the cost of Rs 34 crore.
After finalising the General Arrangement Drawing (GAD),the estimated cost of the railway overbridge (ROB) portion was Rs 7.79 crore.
Rajakamal Infrastructure Pvt Ltd was awarded the contract in April 2011 to build the 77.42 metre ROB portion on the Vadodara-Jambusar railway line at the cost of Rs 7.63 crore and was expected to be completed by October 3,2011.
However,Western Railways suggested technical changes in the GAD while the tendering process for the work was on.
The GAD was finalised on October 5,2011,two days after the contract ceased to be effective and the contractor was unable to start the work. Rajkamal Infra had offered to continue work but at a higher price.
As a result,VMC asked for new tenders for the work and fixed the cost at Rs 9.92 crore. VMC received tenders of which the lowest was of Rs 16.12 crore by RBL.
However,VMC rejected the tender in March this year after negotiations with RBL failed to bring the amount down.
In April,the project cost was fixed at Rs16.84 crore which is Rs 8.87 crore more than the original estimate and RBL was awarded the contract.
VMC has finalised the construction of a ROB portion at Soma Talav flyover by Rajkamal Infrastructure Pvt Ltd as well. The railway had agreed to allow VMC to construct the ROB on Vadodara-Dabhod line formally in February this year.
The flyover is built under Chief Minister Golden Jubilee Urban Development Scheme. Its two approaches have been completed at the cost of Rs 37 crore by Rajkamal Infra.
There is very little railway traffic on both these lines and therefore Western Railway has agreed to allow VMC to construct these ROBs, said Navendu Parikh,deputy engineer at JNNURM Cell.
The WR has constructed ROB portions overpasses in Nava Yard,Jetalpur,Vadsar and Lalbaug. It is also in the process of building an ROB in the ambitious Akota-Dandia Bazaar link.