About Rs 4,000 crore worth of contracts are up for grabs for the second phase of works on Mumbai’s Metro Line-3 and most of these may be bagged by foreign companies.
About Rs 4,000 crore worth of contracts are up for grabs for the second phase of works on Mumbai’s Metro Line-3 and most of these may be bagged by foreign companies. Earlier this month, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), the nodal agency responsible for implementation of the project, awarded Rs 18,115 crore worth of civil engineering contracts which were bagged by major domestic construction companies in joint venture with
However, for the second round of contracts for Metro systems, i e the technological aspects of the project — rolling stock, traction and electrical systems, signalling, tunnel ventilation and environmental control, power supply and substations, automatic fare collection and lifts and escalators — less than a handful of Indian companies are involved in the bids.
The companies that are in the running are German multinational firm Siemens, Canadian multinational aerospace and transportation company Bombardier, French multinational rail and passenger transport company Alstom, leading Japanese companies such as Nippon, Mitsubishi and Hitachi as well as a number of Chinese companies.
“These are all leading companies in their segments worldwide,” MMRC managing director Ashwini Bhide said.
The few Indian firms in the fray are L&T, BEML and Titagarh (for rolling stock). BEML had rolled out the first locally produced train for DMRC’s Phase III lines, but as part of a consortium with Hyundai Rotem and Mitsubishi.
Manish Agarwal, partner and leader, infrastructure, PwC, said: “On the technology side, the dominant players are multinational. In civil engineering, you don’t see civil engineering firms since they are not as dominant because the business is fairly localised”.
The tenders for the systems contracts are being tendered in two parts — pre-qualification followed by the actual tender. The pre-qualification process is expected to be completed by September-end this year following which companies still in the fray will make a final bid.
Bhide added that MMRC would issue a concluding set of civil engineering tenders once MMRC was given the land at Aarey Colony in Mumbai by the state government for the car depot. “For the depot-related activities, there will be another tender,” she clarified.