Mumbai: Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) today said it has appointed Aecom Asia-led consortium as a consultant to assist it on the implementation of the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz underground Metro corridor.
The consortium led by M/s.AECOM Asia, Hong Kong (JV with M/s.Padeco, Japan; M/s.Louis Berger Group Inc., USA and M/s.Egis Rail, France) as the General Consultants for the Metro-III corridor. This move is expected to hasten the 33.5-km Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ project.
“This 33.5-km long project is on fast track now. We appointed the consortium out of four international contenders. A couple of days ago, the project had received great response from nine consortia for the actual construction of the corridor,” said Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director of MMRC. “There were around four international consortiums who had bid for the contract, out of which we have chosen this consortium as the General Consultant, which will advise us on all things related to Metro-III, he said.
The General Consultant will evaluate bids for civil work and assist in appointing contractors, review and proof check detailed designs, prepare tender design and documents for procurement of track work, rolling stock, system components. The General Consultant will be in charge of finalising maintenance manuals, overseeing and cross-checking details in designs, preparations of tender to be opened for the designs of the Metro-III which are also to be finalised by the consultants. Other responsibilities include drafting documents for track work, system upgradation, rolling stock, testing and commissioning of various components and supervising the work. They also need to ensure that safety, quality and environmental aspects of the project are upheld. The General Consultant will also have to supervise the supply and installation and check whether safety, quality and environmental aspects are met as well as system integration. It will also have to do testing and commissioning of system,” he stated.
The General Consultant have been appointed as was agreed and decided at the time of loan appraisal with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on the quality-and-cost-based selection. The appointment of the general consultants is in line with the agreement made with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at the time of loan appraisal regarding QCBS parameters.
This also comes after the MMRC had received a total of 31 bidders for tenders to rehabilitate residents who will be displaced due to the project.
The project has come under intense opposition from the public with residents of Kalbadevi and Girgaon claiming that the alternate living space will not be at par with their current lifestyle. Environmentalists too are opposed to the building of a metro rail depot at Aarey since it houses several trees specific to the city.