The much-delayed MMTS Phase II work is set to commence in about a month as the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) has finalised Balfour Beatty-Kalindee Nirman joint venture as the successful bidder for taking up the work.

RVNL had invited the MMTS phase-II tender work on April 11 this year and were opened on May 22.

RVNL had invited tenders in three separate packages for work worth Rs.389 crore, while the total project cost is estimated to be about Rs. 819 crore. MMTS phase II work are to be taken up in packages, including quadrupling of track for the sections between Ghatkesar-Moula Ali and patch doubling between Moula Ali-Sitaphalmandi.

Doubling between Sanathnagar-Moula Ali, restoration of track between Telapur- Ramachandrapuram and doubling between Medchal-Bolarum section.

Good response

Railway authorities claimed the response was good from bidders and the tender committee after careful scrutinising the eligibility criteria of the bidders and supporting documents finalised Balfour Beatty- Kalindee Nirman joint venture for the work.

After formal permission from Railway Board, the firm will commence the work in a month and as per terms and conditions, the work is to be completed in two-and-a-half years. Work to be taken up includes earth work, track laying, bridge work, electrification, signaling etc.

If the firm fails to complete the work within the set deadline, penalty would be levied and even the contract can be terminated, said P. Srinivas, Chief Project Manager, RVNL.

Last year, RVNL was entrusted with the job of taking up the work and it had undertaken a detailed survey across the eight routes extending to more than 100 km.

The State government will bear two-thirds of the total project cost.

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