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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is planning to further extend the due date for submission of proposals for the long-delayed Sewri-Nhava Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) up to mid-March.
The development body was originally going to announce the list of shortlisted bidders for the 22-kilometre link,which is to be built at an approximate cost of Rs 8,800 crore,by February-end. However,it had extended the due date of applications from February 7 to February 29 for the benefit of the bidders.
Now,we are considering further extending the due date to March 16 or 17 as the interested firms have asked us for more time saying they still need to work on their agreements with their foreign consortium partners, said MMRDA Metropolitan Commissioner Rahul Asthana.
There are six or seven serious bidders who are likely to be in the running for the contract,including some of the major Indian companies. We will announce the shortlisted bidders soon after the application due date, Asthana said.
A total of 17 companies representing their prospective consortia had attended the pre-qualification meeting for the MTHL held in December. The prospective consortia,involving more than 50 companies,included firms such as Hindustan Construction Co,Larsen & Toubro,Welspun,IRB,Simplex Infrastructure,IL&FS,Reliance Infra and Gammon Infra.
The MMRDA is also working on getting a detailed project report prepared for a 4-kilometre-long elevated road from Worli to Sewri to connect it to the MTHL.
We plan to hand it out as a separate cash contract. Although it is slightly complicated and has to pass over two railway lines,we aim to have it ready by the time the MTHL is constructed, Asthana said.
Earlier,the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation was implementing the MTHL,which has already gone through two failed rounds of tendering. The mandate was later handed over to the MMRDA.