Prequalifiers line up for Chennai Metro works Jul 2010
Shani Wallis, TunnelTalk
- Sixteen groups of contractors from different parts of the world have expressed interest and prequified to bid the underground sections of the new metro system for India's fourth largest city Chennai.
Phase 1 alignment of the Chennai Metro
- Phase 1 of the project comprises two lines for a total 45km to connect the Washermenpet district to the city's airport (23km) and Chennai Central to St.Thomas Mount (22km). Of this, more than half the length, 24km, is underground from Washermanpet to Saidapet on Line 1 (14.3km) and from Chennai Central to Anna Nagar 2nd Avenue on Line 2 (9.7km).
- The underground routes are packaged as five design-build contracts for open cut stations and their associated twin tube TBM running tunnels. Proposals for all five have been submitted and these are in the evaluation process.
- The remaining parts of the two Phase 1 lines are elevated and construction work on these design-build contracts has started. The first contract for viaduct trackway was awarded in February last year. Five more have been awarded since then including two contracts for design and construction of five elevated stations each.
- Construction of the metro was approved by the Government of Tamil Nadu in November 2007 and by the Government of India in January 2009.
Table 1. Prequalified applicants for five design-build underground station and associated tunnels contracts 1. BOUYGUES TRAVAUX PUBLICS, France 2. SEMBAWANG ENGINEERS & CONSTRUCTORS PTE LTD., Singapore 3. SAMSUNG-SOMA JV, Korea/India 4. METROSTROY-ERA JV, Russia/India 5. GAMMON–OJSC "MOSCOW METROSTROY" JV, India/Russia 6. GYT-COASTAL JV, India 7. ALSIM ALARKO STTAS–NCCL–GULERMAK ASITAS JV, Turkey 8. ITD-ITD CEM JV, Thailand/India 9. TRANSTONNEL STROY-AFCONS JV, Russia. 10. METRO TUNNELING CHENNAI-L&T SUCG JV, India 11. METRO TUNNELING Group Chennai -
STRABAG–JAEGER JV, Austria/Switzerland
12. HCC-SELI-SB JV, India/Italy 13. IVRCL OJSC KYIV METRO BUD (KMB) JV, India/Russia 14. CEC - Continental Engineering Corporation, Taiwan 15. ALPINE BAU GmbH, Austria. 16. DOOSAN–SAMWHAN–CCCL JV, India The estimated base cost of the project is about Rs.14,000 crores or nearly US$3 billion which is to be financed 41% by the Central and State Governments and the balance met by a loan granted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under an agreement singed in November 2008.
General Consultants to Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) for Phase 1 is a five-member consortium led by Egis Rail S.A. of France with Egis India Consulting Engineers; Maunsell Consultants Asia of Hong Kong; Balaji Rail Road Systems of India, and Yachiyo Engineering of Japan. Appointed in February 2009, the General Consultants will assist CMRL in the design, supervision, quality control, safety and contract management for the project. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is appointed as Prime Consultant to CMRL to assist in an advisory role during execution of the project.
Award of the five design-build contractors for the underground works and scheduled to be awarded before the end of 2010 and the programme for the project is to have Phase 1 completed and in operation during the 2014-2015 financial year.
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