Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR update: 3 bidders in race for construction of 237 km long mainline for High Speed Rail corridor

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Technical bids for the design and construction of 237 km length of mainline for Mumbai- Ahmedabad High Speed Rail corridor were opened on 23.09.2020.

This tender covers about 47% of total alignment of 508 km, between Vapi and Vadodara in the state of Gujarat. This includes four (04) stations namely Vapi, Bilimora, Surat and Bharuch, 24 river and 30 road crossings. This entire section is in Gujarat State where more than 83% of the land has been acquired for the project.

Total of three bidders involving 7 (seven) major infrastructural companies have participated in the competitive bidding.

Name of the bidders:

1: Afcons Infrastructure Limited – IRCON International Limited – JMC Projects India Ltd- Consortium

2: Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

3: NCC Limited – Tata Project Ltd.- J. Kumar Infra Projects Ltd. – HSR Consortium

The MAHSR project alone will create more than 90,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction of the project. Not just the employment market but production and manufacturing market are also expected to gain with the project. It is estimated that close to 75 lakh MT of cement, 21 lakh MT of steel, and 1.4 lakh MT of structural steel will be used in the construction and all of which shall be produced in India. In addition to this, large construction machinery is another market that will gain big time through the project.

Recent Progress:

More than 64% land has been acquired for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail project which includes more than 82% in Gujarat and Dadra and Nagar Haveli (DNH) and about 23% in Maharashtra.

  • The Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR project will create more than 90,000 direct and indirect jobs in various categories during the construction phase of the project which would lead to growth and prosperity of the country. 
  • More than 51000 technicians, skilled and unskilled workforce will be required for various construction related activities. 
  • NHSRCL is already exploring possibilities for providing training to unskilled labourers in various construction related disciplines like bar bending, tile laying, construction electrical works, concreting, plastering etc to improve their changes of employability and better earnings.
  • The specialised training required for track laying will also be arranged by NHSRCL to the contractor’s employees.
  • More than 34000 indirect employment opportunities will also be generated during the construction phase of the MAHSR project. 
  • 75 lakh MT cement and 21 lakh MT steel is expected to be consumed for creating 460 km long viaduct, 26 km long tunnels including 7 km undersea tunnel, 27 steel bridges, 12 stations and many more supporting super structures. 
  • These industries will provide employment opportunities in various categories, linked supply chain and allied services.

Source: NHSRCL-Press Release | Image Credit (representational): NHSRCL

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