PUBLIC sector firm BEML Ltd on Monday emerged as the front-runner to supply rolling stock of driverless trains for three Metro lines in the city.
As the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) opened financial bids for three metro corridors, BEML Ltd was found to have tendered a bid lower than the agency’s estimated cost of Rs 3,900 crore.
The contract is for the supply of rail coaches for Metro 7 (Andheri East-Dahisar East), 2A (Dahisar to D N Nagar) and 2B (D N Nagar to Mankhurd).
The bids will now be vetted by lender Asian Development Bank (ADB). The contractor will have to supply 63 metro rakes with six coaches each.
Sources in the MMRDA said it could be the most cost-effective contract for rolling stock with the cost per coach as low as Rs 8 crore. The trains will have driverless technology.
A senior official said if the BEML Ltd, formerly the Bharat Earth Movers Limited, gets the contract, it would be a success for the Make In India initiative.
In August this year, the MMRDA had invited tenders for rolling stock for three Metro corridors.
When the bids were opened on Monday, officials said the agency received a good response with seven consortia in the fray — BEML, CRRC Corporation Ltd, Bombardier India and Bombardier Germany, and international companies.
The Metropolitan Commissioner, R A Rajeev, said the contract would be awarded soon.
He added that the first rolling stock set will be delivered within a year after a work order is issued by November 2019, when trials for two of the metro corridors, Metro 7 and 2A, will start. He said the civil work on two corridors will be completed in mid-2019.