BMRCL awards contracts for last two packages of underground stretch

Buildings being demolished on Tuesday to make way for the underground station at Shivajinagar.

Buildings being demolished on Tuesday to make way for the underground station at Shivajinagar.   | Photo Credit: K_MURALI_KUMAR

Officials claim to have ‘saved’ ₹2,000 crore by floating tender in a phased manner

After a long delay and several hurdles, including scrapping a tender, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has finally awarded the contract for the two remaining packages of underground works from Swagath Road Cross to Nagawara under Phase II of Namma Metro.

In a release issued on Thursday, the BMRCL stated that AFCONS Infrastructure Limited, Mumbai will carry out tunnel work and construct stations between Swagath Road and Vellara junction. This stretch has a length of 3.655 km, including 2.68 km of tunnel. The cost of the project is estimated at ₹1,526.33 crore.

Three underground stations will come up in this package at Dairy Circle, Mico Industries and Langford Town.

The tender for the other underground stretch from Tannery Road to Nagawara has been awarded to ITD Cementation India Limited, Kolkata. This stretch has a total length of 4.591 km, including a tunnel network of 3.12 km. The cost is ₹1,771.25 crore.

The contractor will also construct four underground stations at Tannery Road, Venkateshpura, Arabic College and Nagawara.

“By issuing letter of acceptance, the BMRCL has awarded the contract for executing the underground work on the entire stretch of 14 km from Swagath Road to Nagawara. The land acquisition for the project is nearing completion and contractors will take up physical works. Excavation for the shaft will take place in two months,” said B.L. Yeshwanth Chavan, Chief PRO, BMRCL.

In May, L&T had bagged the contract to execute underground work for two packages (2 and 3) from Vellara junction to Shivajinagar (2.7 km) and from Shivajinagar to Pottery Town (2.8 km). The BMRCL is to spend ₹1,329 crore and ₹1,299 crore for packages 2 and 3, respectively.

Long delay

In March 2018, the BMRCL had scrapped the tender for the underground stretch saying the bidders had quoted exorbitant prices. It had estimated the project cost at ₹5,047 crore, but bidders quoted ₹8,553 crore. To bring down the cost, the BMRCL proposed to cut down the length of the tunnel on either end of the alignment, but later found out that it was not a feasible option. Subsequently, the BMRCL floated the tender in a phased manner.

Mr. Chavan claimed that BMRCL has managed to 'save' ₹2,000 crore by floating tenders in a phased manner.

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