Metro work gets same bidders

Afcons Infrastructure Limited has bid for the tunnelling work and L&T, for stations

Updated - April 04, 2016 05:40 am IST

Published - April 04, 2016 12:00 am IST - CHENNAI:

Two companies have made the bid in the re-tendering process for Chennai Metro Rail work on Anna Salai. They are the same companies when a similar re-tendering was called for in December last.

This tender, sources said, is likely to be awarded in two weeks and the work may begin a month after that.

According to sources at Chennai Metro Rail project, Afcons Infrastructure Limited has bid for the tunnelling work and L&T, for the stations on the stretch between May Day Park and AG-DMS stations. “We are holding discussions on this issue. This time, we will certainly award the tender and the work will start soon,” an official of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) said. This is the second time re-tendering work for this underground stretch had to be done.

Technical complications

After the first re-tendering process, in December, CMRL awarded contract to L&T for construction of stations between AG-DMS and Saidapet alone. They decided to float tenders again for the other stretch from May Day Park to AG-DMS again, as due technical complications, they could not proceed after it.

Now, CMRL separated the work and called for two tenders — one for tunnelling work and the other for construction of stations. The need for re-tendering for the construction of stations and tunnels along Anna Salai arose after contractors ran into trouble.

In 2011, CMRL awarded a contract worth Rs. 1,947 crore to Gammon India and Russian firm Mosmetrostroy for the construction of seven underground stations along Anna Salai.

But in July last, Mosmetrostroy abandoned the project owing to severe fund crunch; and months later, CMRL terminated the contract of Gammon India too for delay in the construction of stations.

Re-tendering for work on the stretch between May Day Park and AG-DMS stations

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