Govind D. Belgaumkar
They have been asked to submit financial bids by November 18
Entities have passed technical tests suggested by BMRC 5 consortia shortlisted for appointment as consultants
BANGALORE: In a major step towards commencement of work on the Rs. 6,400-crore metro rail project, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) Ltd. has shortlisted ten consortia and two companies for construction of viaduct, elevated stations and other civil works.
The list includes entities that have passed the technical tests suggested by the BMRC. V. Madhu, Managing Director, BMRC, told The Hindu that the entities had been asked to submit financial bids for the Rs. 110-crore Reach 1 of the project by November 18.
For easier identification, seven stations and 7-km elevated rail network from M.G. Road (Cricket Stadium) to Byappanahalli is referred to as Reach 1.
The BMRC invited technical bids for the project in early 2005.
Only one company, the lowest bidder, is likely to be selected. The 12 entities include M/s. Larsen & Toubro Limited (India); M/s. Navayuga Engineering Co. (India); M/s. Kajima (Japan) AFCONS (India); M/s. IJM(Malaysia) IJMII(India); M/s. ITD (Bangkok) CEMINDIA(India); M/s. HCC (India) CEC (Taiwan); M/s. IRCON (India) Simplex Concrete Piles (Ltd) (India) - BBJ (India); M/s. Sembcorp (Singapore) Punjlloyd (India); Daewoo (South Korea)--M/s. NBCC (India); M/s. CTCE(China) - Unity (India); M/s. Sangyong (Korea) KMC (India) and M/s. Persys (Malaysia) Valecha (India).
The BMRC has also shortlisted five consortia for appointment as consultants for the entire 33-km metro rail project.
Mr. Madhu said that the consultancy services would be used in 29 different disciplines such as design of elevated structures and stations, quality of works turned out by contractors, and so on.
The technical bids by the five consortia had received the approval of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), which has offered low-interest loans of about Rs. 1,800 crore, Mr. Madhu said.
The consultancy services are funded by the JBIC.
These include Lois Berger Group Indi., USA Mott Mac Donald Ltd. U.K. MTR Corporation, Hongkong Dalal Mott Mac Donald, India; RITES India PCI Japan PB Group, U.S. Cistra, France; CPG Consultants India Pvt. Ltd. MSI Global Pvt. Ltd., Singapore SECON Surveys Pvt. Ltd. India TCE Consulting Engineers-India; Consulting Engineering Services (India) WSP Group International Ltd. (UK) Tonichi Engineering Consultants Inc. Japan Katahira and Engineers Ltd. Kapan and Arup, Hongkong; and Semaly-Aegis, France Gadish Engineering, Israel Span Consultants, India.