Three Consortiums shortlisted in the first phase of Navi Mumbai Metro Rail project

NMMRMumbai: Three consortiums are eyeing the tender for carrying out electrical and mechanical work of the first phase in the Navi Mumbai Metro project that is being implemented by City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO). These works include laying of track, signalling, telecommunication, automatic fare and rolling stock (coaches).

“Of the six major consortium that expressed interest, three were finalised after opening the tenders on Wednesday. The three consortiums competing to grab the tender are L&T- Hyundai Routen Consortium, Ansaldo STS and ALSTOM. We are now conducting pre-qualification evaluation of these bidders and once it is done, we will conduct the technical evaluation,” CIDCO public relations officer, Mohan Ninawe, said.

He added that once technical evaluation is done, the process of carrying out financial evaluation will be conducted, and the one clearing all the processes will be awarded the contract of the technical work for the mega project. When asked as to how much time the entire process will take, Ninawe said the evaluation will be over within a month after which the name of the winning consortium will be announced.

In addition to the aforementioned consortiums, the planning agency also received bids from the joint venture of Hyundai Rotem, Bafour Betty and Nippon, the consortium of Siemens AG and Siemens India and Bombardier Transportation.

“The most important criteria we put before the companies bidding for the work was that the company/consortium should have done metro work of at least 10km and the same should have been operational for minimum two years. Based on this, we opened the bids on Wednesday,” a senior CIDCO official said, not wishing to be named. He added that CIDCO has completed almost 50% of the civil work for the first phase of metro line between Belapur and Pendhar and the corporation will be allotting contract to only one firm, unlike the civil works, wherein six contractors shared the responsibility. The estimated cost of these technical work is Rs.1020 crore and the corporation’s aim is to complete the process by January 2014.