After three failed rounds of tendering, the Sewri-Nhava Sheva Mumbai Trans Harbour Link has received responses from eleven consortia, each submitting pre-qualification bids for the first two packages, and the third package drew 17 bidders.
The state’s nodal agency for the project, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), will evaluate the pre-qualification bids to prepare a shortlist of consortia eligible for putting in financial bids by the end of this month.
Sanjay Khandare, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, said, “Bidders had some relief this time because the project is on a cash contract and we have tied up with Japan International Cooperation Agency for finances. The project has been planned well this time and funds are not a problem.”
He added that sticky issues being seen as a hurdle for the 22-km link connecting the island city to the mainland, such as environment clearances and availability of land, had also been taken care of. Earlier, the government had tried bidding out the project, which has been in the planning stages for more than three decades, on a public private partnership model on two occasions and on a cash contract basis once.
The MMRDA had earlier relaxed eligibility criteria and bid conditions to draw more companies to bid for the project. It is seen as a vital connector to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport and also a mega-infrastructure project with the potential to decongest Mumbai city.
The first package will entail the construction of 10.38 km, starting from Sewri across the Mumbai harbour, of the total 22-km sea link.