33 companies bid for Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway project; MSRDC claims 90% of land acquired, farmers say yet to give consent

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New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2017 11:31:26 AM

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.

Nagpur-Mumbai expressway, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, MSRDC, request for qualification, RFQ, HCC, L&T, Afcons Infrastructure, Gammon Engineering, Oriental Structural Engineers, PNC Infratech, Simplex Infrastructure, KMC Construction, corporate debt restructuring, CDR, SDR, strategic debt restructuring, National Highway Builders Federation, NHBF, Prime Minister office, PMO, Maharashtra CM Fadnavis33 companies have bid for the Nagpur-Mumbai expressway project in response to the second call issued by MSRDC for RFQ. (Source: PTI)

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 applicantJV or Sole applicantCountry of origin
Oriental Structural EngineersSoleIndia
KMC ConstructionSoleIndia
PNC InfratechSoleIndia
Simplex InfrastructureSoleIndia
IJM ConstructionSoleIndia
Afcons InfrastructureSoleIndia
NCC & Megha EngineeringJVIndia/India
Qingdao Construction Engineering and Roadway Solution IndiaJVSingapore/India
Dilip Buildcon and MostobudJVIndia/Russia
Galfar Engineering & Construction IndiaSoleIndia
China Gezhouba Group CompanySoleChina
Tata Projects & MakyotJVIndia/Turkey
Gammon EngineeringSoleIndia
Todini & GammonJVItaly/India
Navyuga EngineeringSoleIndia
L&TSoleIndia
Reliance & CengizJVIndia/Turkey
Gayatri Project & SibmostJVIndia/Russia
ITNL & Oriental Structural EngineersJVIndia/India
CGCD & SEWJVChina/India
Guangdong Gunyue Highway & Bridge Company LtdSoleChina
HCCSoleIndia
Limak Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret SoleKuwait
Ashoke BuildconSoleIndia
L&T & SamsungJVIndia/Korea
Qingdao Construction Engineering GroupSoleChina
China Construction Fifth Engineering DivisionSOleChina
Meanwhile, MSRDC claims it has completed 90% of the land required for the project while farmers say they have not given their consent for their land to be acquired. Moreover, farmers also allege that the joint measurement survey for the project is being done forcibly.

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