After scrutinising the six pre-qualification proposals received for building the Sewri-Nhava Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) for nearly two months,the city development authority has decided to drop one consortium for the next stage of financial bidding.
Of the six that evinced interest in building the 22-km MTHL,the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to drop IL&FS Transportation Networks-Unity Infrastructure-Navayuga Engineering-Rizzani de Eccher citing lack of sufficient experience.
This is the third attempt at bidding for the project,which has been talked about for more than three decades now.
The MMRDA had earlier expected to announce the list of consortia eligible for the next stage of bidding within a month of receiving the pre-qualification proposals. However,the decision was delayed as the authority wanted clarifications from two consortia,including the consortium that has been kept out of the race.
We needed 1,467 points of experience in actual bridge work or viaducts on contract or public private partnership basis. The consortium did not fulfill this particular category. They were falling short by 150-200 points, said Metropolitan Commissioner Rahul Asthana. The MMRDA had considered experience in building bridges or viaducts worth more than Rs 440 crore.
An official,who did not wish to be named,said the consortium failed to show a bid of Rs 440 crore in one of the four-five projects required as per the provisions of the request for qualification.
In addition to that,through internal research,we also got information that a Bangalore Metro rail contract was apparently taken away from Navayuga owing to slow pace of work. The second company,Unity Infrastructure,is a local company and mostly had experience in water and drainage projects,while Rizzani had more expertise in mechanical work than civil construction. Considering all these factors,including the lack of sufficient experience,we decided to drop the consortium, the official said.
Another consortium from which the MMRDA had sought clarifications was GMR Infrastructure-L&T Ltd-Samsung C&T Corp as they had not submitted an experience certificate,but the consortium completed the formality later,the official said.
The consortia selected for financial bidding are GMR-L&T-Samsung; CINTRA-SOMA-SREI; Gammon Infrastructure-OHL Concessions-G.S. Engineering; IRB Infrastructure Developers-Hyundai; Tata Realty and Infrastructure-Autostrade Indian Infrastructure Development-Vinci Concessions Development.
According to the pre-qualification proposals,the Tata Realty-Autostrade-Vinci consortium is the most experienced in similar projects among all of them,the official said.
In the next step,the MMRDA will give the selected consortia Request for Proposal (RFP) documents after the approval of the central governments Department of Economic Affairs. The approval is expected in June,after which the consortia will submit detailed designs and financial bids by October.
The MMRDA plans to pick a contractor by November,while the actual work is expected to start next year.