Taiwan-based firm CEC selected to construct Phase I (B) of Jaipur Metro

JAIPUR: The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) selects Continental Engineering Corporation (CEC), a Taiwan-based company, to construct Metro project phase I (B), proposed from Badi Chaupar to Chandpole and based on an engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) model.

The company has quoted that the construction of underground corridor and two Metro stations will be done at a cost of Rs.507 crore. Earlier, the JMRC has estimated Rs.554 as cost of the project. The selection of CEC will now save approximately 10% of the state government’s money.

“A letter of appointment has been issued to the company and it is expected the foundation for the project will be laid on September 18t,” a senior official at JMRC said.

Three companies had vied for the project of which India’s L&T along with China-based STEC has quoted Rs.562 crore for the project, while ITD CEM with ITD from Taiwan did not fulfill the terms and conditions.

The officials informed that an underground tunnel would be dug from Chandpole to Badi Chaupar through the congested areas of the old city. The method in which boring is done is with the help of a shield machine called the Earth Pressure Balance Machine (EPBM). “The CEC has quoted less as it already procured two such machines. The length of the tunnel will be approximately 1.4 km, while it is expected to be 5.6 metre in diameter. ”

The JMRC has finalized the company but the problems have just begun for the gigantic Metro rail project.

Heritage lovers and residents are raising objections to the project stating that it would completely change the cityscape of the Walled City. People staying on the route also have strong apprehensions that the project would damage their houses.

Experts want an “environment assessment survey” on the lines of “environmental impact assessment” conducted for the Central Secretariat-Badarpur Corridor of Delhi Metro in New Delhi before undertaking the underground Metro construction between Chandpole and the chaupars.

They feel that an environmental baseline data as current status of physio-chemical, biological and socio-economic aspects of the study is relevant to the proposed construction of the Metro corridor. Also, representative soil samples need to be collected from nearby locations along the proposed Metro corridor, they said.

Rakesh Jain, residing near Chandpole Gate, whose house is along the Metro route, said, “It would be very risky digging underground with people residing nearby. The state government should rehabilitate owners of shops and houses to avoid risks and losses. Touching the old structures without precautionary measures will be a mistake.”