To be funded by government and Maytas-led consortium

HYDERABAD: At least 250 highly specialised engineers belonging to a neutral agency will keep a hawk’s eye on the elevated metro rail project construction for the city. The agency will be an independent engineering firm of international repute and will be funded equally by the government and Maytas-led consortium that bagged the prestigious contract.

Firm selection

A global tender is to be floated for selecting the firmin a few days. The Independent Engineer (IE) could be a firm or a consortium not exceeding three and will be functional for the next five years till the elevated metro work is completed.

The engineering firm could cost up to Rs. 120 crore or one per cent of the total project cost (Rs. 12,130 crore). Main objective will be to ensure the construction is as per the conditions laid down in the Concessionaire Agreement (CA) and the Manual of Standards and Specifications (MSS) defining the safety standards as well as technical and performance criteria.

IE’s role is key considering it will be issuing the ‘completion certificate’ once the works are over paving the way for the Commissioner of Rail Safety to inspect and give the signal for public carriage to be allowed. “The Public Private Partnership (PPP) project work is highly complex and calls for a competent engineering consultant to oversee its overall implementation. The firm will be neutral and see that the set conditions are adhered to by both the government and the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) developer,” explained Hyderabad Metro Rail Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy.

The IE will also review all the designs and drawings prepared by the general consultant and pass it on to the government with its comments.

IE’s selection procedure has been laid in the CA and six to seven firms are likely to be shortlisted. They will be given the request for proposal following which technical and financial bids will be called for. “Eighty per cent weightage is for technical and 20 per cent for financial bids. We should have IE in place in four months,” said Mr. Reddy.