Ambanis, among 7 shortlisted for Mumbai monorail

Written by Economy Bureau | Mumbai, Jan 28 | Updated: Jan 29 2008, 04:24am hrs
The Ambani brothers are among seven bidders, shortlisted by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for the 70-km long monorail project in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

The list includes Reliance Industries, Siemens-Gammon India consortium, Reliance Energy, SNC Lavalin and Reliance Communication consortium, Essar, Alstom and Lanco consortium, IL&FS Transportation Networks, PunjLloyd and SOMA consortium, GVK, Yeoh Tiong Lay and Bombardier Transportation consortium, Pioneer Infratech, Mitsubishi and Tata Power consortium and L&T, Infrastructure Development Projects, India Infrastructure Private consortium.

According to DN Kawathkar, MMRDA's project director, MMRDA had invited applications for pre-qualification of the bidders, who had to submit their proposal papers by January 25. "Now that the bidders have been shortlisted, they would require to submit technical bids. On evaluation, the financial bids would be called for. The entire bidding process is likely to be completed by the end of April. The actual execution of the monorail project is expected to begin in the first week of May," informed Kawathkar. "We will ensure that the project is implemented within the timeframe without any procedural delays," he added.

The project would be operated on the build operate and own (BOO) basis. It would be completely designed and developed by the successful bidder on turnkey basis and shall be operated and maintained for a minimum period of 3 years, from the date of commissioning, he added. The monorail corridors would be planned for a minimum carrying capacity of 10,000 persons per hour, per direction (pphpd). Meanwhile, the MMRDA has appointed RITES to carry out a techno-economic feasibility study to implement the monorail system in various parts of the MMR.

Kawathkar said that the MMRDA has so far shortlisted four routes in the MMR for this purpose.