Colaba-Seepz Metro: Shortlisting of bidders may be delayed

MMRDA is waiting for reconstitution of Metro board.

Written by MANASI PHADKE | Mumbai | Published: October 18, 2013 6:04:17 am

Even as Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has invited pre-qualification bids for the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro,a final decision on the shortlisted companies could take longer than expected with the board of the nodal authority in charge of the project undergoing reconstitution.

As per norms the Union government laid down when it approved the city’s first fully underground Metro,the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) will be a joint venture between the Union and the state governments.

A senior official from MMRDA,the parent body of MMRC,said,“We have decided to wait for the new board to be reconstituted so that it can take further decisions on the Metro project. All major decisions related to the project are to be taken by the MMRC board,hence all decisions on the pre-qualification of companies for the project as well as the selection of the project management consultant will be left to the new board members.”

The MMRDA recently sent a proposal for the reconstitution of the board to the state urban development department,the official said. “The urban development department will now forward the proposal to the CM for his approval,” the official added.

Last month,the MMRDA invited pre-qualification bids for the construction of the 33.5-km Metro line,one of the costliest infrastructure projects in the city,in seven packages. The last date for the submission of bids for the project costing Rs 23,126 crore was specified as October 30. The plan was to evaluate the bids by November 30 and call for request for proposals in the first week of December.

The MMRDA official said,tentatively,the new board will have five bureaucrats from the state,such as officials from MMRDA,BMC,the state urban development department and finance. The secretary of the Union Ministry of Urban Development will be the board chairman.

“There will be one person from the ministry and three with a technical background,such as members of other Metro rail corporations,” the official added.

Panel defers nod for heritage stations

The Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) has deferred an approval for heritage stations planned by the MMRDA for the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro project. MHCC chairman V Ranganathan said discussion on the proposal before giving it the green signal was planned in November.

“At the heritage committee meeting,we raised a number of issues on the proposal and asked for more details on certain aspects of the plan,” said Ranganthan.

So far,four of the 27 underground stations on the 33.5-km corridor have been identified for the purpose. According to consultant Abha Lambah,the entry and exit points to the underground stations and concourses are designed to have minimal visible impact in the areas of heritage structures. —Alison Saldanha

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