One-and-a-half month after it failed to secure bids to construct 301-km long Lucknow-Agra Expressway, UP government has now divided the project into five parts to make it “manageable” and has prepared a separate Request for Qualification (RFQ) document for each one of them.
The state cabinet December 27 decided that government would take up the project on its own through EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contract in absence of any bidders. Since, the total project worth is Rs 8,944 crore, the EPC contract has been divided into five packages before floating it.
“There will be two stage bidding process. First stage would be for RFQ to ensure contractors have the required qualification and the second would be for financial bid,” said a senior officer.
As per the RFQ document prepared by UP Expressway Industrial Development Authority, the project has been divided into five parts of about 54-60 kms each. The first package for stretch from Agra towards Firozabad will be of Rs 1,290 crore, followed by four others of Rs 1,560 crore, Rs 1,250 crore, Rs 1,650 crore and Rs 1,290 crore respectively.
The remaining amount has been mentioned as administrative expenses.
According to sources, to qualify for any of the packages, a contractor should have the experience of having taken up a project at least on third the size of the existing project.