Nine companies have evinced interest in the R11,420-crore Pune Metro project. The first of the tenders for the project are out. These are for a 10.75-km elevated stretch from Pimpri Chinchwad to Range Hills, Brijesh Dixit, MD of Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha Metro), said. According to Dixit, representatives of nine companies — Larsen & Toubro, Afcons Infrastructure, IL&FS Engineering and Construction, Tata Projects, J Kumar Infra Projects, NCC, Soma Enterprises, IMC Projects India and ITD Cementation India — attended the bidders’ conference.
Maha Metro is a joint ventur between the Centre and the Maharashtra government, which is executing the first two corridors of the project. Dixit said this stretch accounts for around one-third of the project size. The civil works will be for the elevated viaducts. “It will be a design and build tendering system and this helped us cut costs by 10% at the Nagpur Metro,” Dixit said.
The tender will open on March 30 and will follow the two packet system – one technical packet and the other price packet. Only those technical packets that qualify will move to price qualification and only these price bids will be open. According to Dixit, this will be in line with what international funding agencies approve of as 58% of the project is to be funded through debt from external funding agencies and institutions.
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The construction for Pune Metro will involve some innovations such as building the line and stations independently. “Conventionally, stations are made with the viaduct, but we are taking the viaduct through the entire corridor uninterrupted,” Dixit said. “My lines can start even if the stations are not ready. The stations will have separate tenders and will immediately follow this tender so that any delay in stations does not come in the way of building the rail lines, he added.
They have also optimised the viaduct size used in the Metro and brought it down to 9.5 metre so that the cost and time taken comes down and these will be sleeker, the official said. The ground area required is also be optimised.
“We will not acquire 20 m and will go up to 18 m on government land and 15 m if it is private land,” Dixit said.