February 18, 2014 1:26:25 am
More than a year after floating a request for proposals (RFP) to carry out a detailed project report (DPR) on the Mumbai Coastal Road project, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finalised consultants for the study.
The corporation has narrowed down on a consortium of Indo-French consultancy firm STUP Consultants Pvt Ltd and multinational consultants Ernst & Young.
The proposed 35.6-km Mumbai Coastal Road, which is a pet project of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, has been planned to connect Nariman Point to Kandivali. BMC is the nodal agency for carrying out the work which is estimated to cost around Rs 8,000 crore.
The state government has estimated that nearly 9.8 km portion of the sea will have to be reclaimed for the project and hence will require clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests and other government agencies.
“We have yet to ink the deal, but we have finalised on these consultants. As per the agreement, the consultants would have to prepare a feasibility report and design that will constrain scope of work that requires NOC from the MoEF,” said SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner in-charge of the civic roads department.
The RFP for a techno-feasibility study and DPR on the project has been floated three times since February last year. While the first RFP received response from only one company on account of the stringent deadlines first set by the corporation, the second RFP issued in March is said to have received response from four firms, including infrastructure giant Larsen & Toubro. However the corporation felt the firms did not fully meet the technology criteria and decided to re-tender a third time in September.
In the third attempt, STUP Consultants and Pentacle Consultants Pvt Ltd came forward. As the corporation has not set a base cost for the prescribed techno-feasibility study, when the financial packet of the bidding companies was opened last week, STUP Consultants bid lowest for the contract at Rs 7.21 crore while Pentacle Consultants financial bid was Rs 9.95 crore.
A civic official said the work order was likely to be issued by April after acquiring approval from the civic standing committee.
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