A total of 33 companies have bid for the Nagpur-Mumbai expressway project in response to the second call issued by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) for request for qualification (RFQ). Out of the 33 companies, 17 companies have bid singly while the remaining have organised themselves into 10 groups. Of the single bidders, ten are Indian companies, three are Chinese, and one from Kuwait and Singapore each, respectively. Anil Gaikwad, chief engineer, MSRDC told FE, the evaluation of these companies would be complete in about a week’s time. “Subsequently, if there are no queries from the bidders, we will issue the request for proposal (RFP) documents,” he said.
Among the companies that have bid singly are HCC, L&T, Afcons Infrastructure, Gammon Engineering, Oriental Structural Engineers, PNC Infratech, Simplex Infrastructure, and KMC Construction.
This is the second time that MSRDC has called for bidders for the project. It first published the RFQ on January 2, 2017, but on March 29, the penultimate date for the bid, this RFQ was annulled and a fresh document was published, with new clauses. One new condition for qualification pertained to experience in building “access-controlled” expressways, freeways, motorways, and autobahns worth Rs 500 crore to Rs 1,300 crore in the last five years. The reissued RFQ document also stipulated disqualification of companies under corporate debt restructuring (CDR) or strategic debt restructuring (SDR).
The National Highway Builders Federation (NHBF) objected to the insertion of the new clauses and wrote to both the Maharashtra chief minister and the Prime Minister’s office. “However, we are yet to receive a response from them. It seems that our statement and our objections have not been taken on board so far,” PC Grover, Director, NHBF, told Fe.
List of applicants for Nagpur-Mumbai expresswayproject
|Name of the applicant||JV or Sole applicant||Country of origin|
|Oriental Structural Engineers||Sole||India|
|NCC & Megha Engineering||JV||India/India|
|Qingdao Construction Engineering and Roadway Solution India||JV||Singapore/India|
|Dilip Buildcon and Mostobud||JV||India/Russia|
|Galfar Engineering & Construction India||Sole||India|
|China Gezhouba Group Company||Sole||China|
|Tata Projects & Makyot||JV||India/Turkey|
|Todini & Gammon||JV||Italy/India|
|Reliance & Cengiz||JV||India/Turkey|
|Gayatri Project & Sibmost||JV||India/Russia|
|ITNL & Oriental Structural Engineers||JV||India/India|
|CGCD & SEW||JV||China/India|
|Guangdong Gunyue Highway & Bridge Company Ltd||Sole||China|
|Limak Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret||Sole||Kuwait|
|L&T & Samsung||JV||India/Korea|
|Qingdao Construction Engineering Group||Sole||China|
|China Construction Fifth Engineering Division||SOle||China|