The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) opened tenders for the Kanaka Durga flyover project on Thursday. Though it was rumoured that infrastructure company Soma had bagged the contract, sources say the tenders are yet to be finalised.
According to information, Soma quoted Rs. 282 crore. The quotations of other contenders - L&T and Navayuga - are not known. MORTH is expected to issue a letter of acceptance (LOA) to the shortlisted bidder in a couple of days. MORTH will now study the tenders filed by the three bidders, sources say.
Meanwhile, Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas (Nani) said: “Soma Constructions bagged the contract. The firm quoted Rs. 282 crore for the project, and the works will commence shortly.” The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs. 447.8 crore. Of this, shifting of utilities like power towers and water pipelines will cost Rs. 114.5 crore. The remaining components, including flyover, will cost Rs. 333.12 crore. A bridge will be constructed near the Kanaka Durga temple gateway at a cost of Rs. 10.5 crore.
Excluding these heads, the flyover alone is estimated to cost Rs. 211 crore, sources say. The flyover will be constructed from from Bhavanipuram to Rajiv Gandhi Park near the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) office, and the existing road will be widened to make it four-lane.