At least 16 construction companies have evinced interest in taking up the construction of the Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro rail corridor for which the city’s development authority recently floated tenders. The firms that have shown interest in taking up the Rs 6,208-crore project include Hindustan Construction Co, Reliance Infrastructure, Simplex Infrastructure, Pratibha Industries, Larsen & Toubro, J Kumar Infraprojects, Unity InfraProjects, Tata, and IL&FS, among others.
The companies attended a pre-bid meeting that the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) organized on Thursday. “The companies have shown a very keen interest. We will clarify queries raised by them by January 15,” an MMRDA official said.
The MMRDA has invited bids from contractors to build the elevated Metro line and its 16 stations on a cash contract model in three packages, having set an ambitious deadline of 30 months to complete the construction.
The first package will comprise five stations, the second will include six stations, while the third package will again involve the construction of five stations. The 16.5-km line will connect locations such as Borivali, Kandivali (East), Goregaon’s Aarey junction, Bombay Exhibition Centre, the Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road junction and will terminate at Andheri (East).
The state government has set a deadline of 2019 to not only complete the project, but also make it operational for the public as part of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ plan of rolling out a 100-km plus Metro rail network in Mumbai within five years.