TO supervise designs, construction and ensure quality control, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has appointed a consortium of four companies as the general consultant for the Rs 23,136-crore Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro, touted to be one of the city’s most expensive transport infrastructure projects.
The MMRC board approved the appointment during its meeting on Saturday. The consortium, led by Hong Kong’s AECOM Asia, includes other companies such as Japan’s Padeco, US-based Louis Berger Group and France’s Egis Rail.
Sanjay Sethi, managing director at MMRC, said, “While the aspects of cost and timely completion of a project are largely looked after by the contractor, the general consultant will help us ensure safety and quality control of the project.”
Sethi said the general consultant will have a team of 26 specialists who will work on the 33.5 km Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro, which would be the city’s first fully-underground Metro route. The team will have experts from various fields such as civil engineering, environment, heritage and so on. The consultant will assist MMRC in evaluating bids from the shortlisted companies, and review and proof-check detailed designs that the contractors devise. The consortium will also prepare tenders for components such as as rolling stock and track works, assist in system integration, testing of all components, commissioning the system and finalise operation and maintenance manuals.
The other bid in contention was by a consortium of Germany’s DB International, Geodata from Italy and Japan’s Oriental Consulting. The AECOM-led consortium was chosen after evaluating the two bids based on cost and quality, an MMRC spokesperson said.
The corporation also inducted two whole-time executive directors to work on the project in addition to its board strength of ten members.