Chennai Metro Update: RFP invited for selection of Consultant for Preparation of Feasibility Study Report for Mass Rapid Transit System

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has invited online tender through Central Public Procurement (CPP) Portal from reputed firm/consultant under Single Stage Two bid system for the following work:-

  • Tender Reference Number: DFRMaduraiMRTS2021
  • Name of Work: Request for Proposal (RFP) for Selection of Consultant for Preparation of Feasibility Study Report for introducing a Mass Rapid Transit System in Madurai city.
  • EMD Amount: INR 5,00,000
  • Document Download / Sale Start Date: 11-Nov-2021
  • Document Download / Sale End Date: 09-Dec-2021  
  • Pre Bid Meeting Date: 20-Nov-2021
  • Bid Submission Start Date: 30-Nov-2021 
  • Bid Submission End Date: 09-Dec-2021  
  • Bid Opening Date: 10-Dec-2021 


  • Madurai is the second largest City by area and third largest City by Population in Tamil Nadu. It is located in the South Central Part of Tamil Nadu and on the banks of Vaigai River. 
  • It is a major settlement for more than two millennium and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
  • The Meenakshi Amman Temple is the nuclei of the city and all developments have evolved around it. 
  • The city is well connected to the major towns in the State and other parts of the Country, by road, rail and air. 
  • Acting as a hub, the city plays a crucial role in the development and growth of this Region. It also serves the hinter land, to which the City acts as a regional growth pole for provision of opportunities, facilities and urban services.
  • The expanded Madurai Local Planning Area (MLPA) is 1194 sq. km with a population of about 19 lakhs and includes Palkalai Nagar New Town Development Authority (NTDA) with an extent of 38.0sq.kms, Thiruppuvanam LPA 26.0, and Melur LPA 15 sq.kms. 
  • The extent of the erstwhile MLPA was 721 sq.kms. Total area of the core City is 147.98 with a population of about 10 lakhs.
  • Keeping in view the growing importance of the transport sector in the City’s overall development and also to improve the share of public transportation, GoTN is considering the implementation of a Mass Transit system, like Metro/ Metro Lite/Metro Neo/BRTS in Madurai City based on Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India Guidelines for MRTS system in Tier 2/3 cities, to mitigate the increase in traffic and congestion.

Scope of Work:

The scope of work for Preparation of Feasibility Study Report for Madurai Mass Rapid Transit System is presented below:

  • To collect and examine available reports of previous studies, plans, CMP Report and other related with transportation scenario of Madurai Metropolitan Region.
  • To collect primary transport network inventory data along with utilities within the Project Influence Area.
  • To collect all the secondary information such as development plans, public transport routes.
  • To conduct a review of the current situation in order to establish the existing condition and capacity of the public transport system.

Tasks for Feasibility Study / Alternatives Analysis Report -Various tasks for preparation of Alternatives Analysis Report is given below:

Stage I: Develop Screening Criteria for the identified Alternative Options:

  • Task 1: Develop screening criteria to identify the most reasonable and feasible alternatives based on the options suggested in CMP The screening criteria may include the broad criteria:
    • Mobility Effects: These criteria relate to travel demand forecasting and facility capacity, presence/absence of different modes, access, connectivity and circulation. 
    • Conceptual Engineering effect: These criteria relate to developing all civil aspects of the system.
    • Financial & Economic Effects: To identify and quantify the benefits and costs associated with the project to help in identification of the optimum solution along with the economic viability in terms of its likely investment return potential.
    • Environmental and Social Effects: Screening criteria assessing environmental impacts related to land- use and natural environment like water, air etc. The social impact of the alternatives is evaluated to see potential social costs and benefits.
    • Cost Effectiveness & Affordability: The capital and annual costs associated with each of the alternatives would be evaluated. It also assesses the cost-effectiveness and affordability of the alternatives. 
    • Other Factors: How each of the alternatives comply with the local policies and priorities are assessed.
  • Task 2: Qualitative Evaluation of Screening Criteria of:
    • First-level screening criteria will be developed to quickly and efficiently identify the alternatives that most warrant further consideration and evaluation, which will include preliminary qualitative evaluations to narrow the number of alternatives.
  • Task 3: Quantitative Evaluation of Screening Criteria:
    • With the first screening of alternatives completed, the second level of evaluation involves quantitative screening, wherein various parameters will be screened based on quantitative assessment.

Stage II: Evaluation parameters of various Alternatives:

  • Task 4: Mobility Effect:
    • Travel Demand Forecasting: CMRL would provide the current transport demand model for the CMP 2019 and based on the model, assess the current demand on the corridor. While preparing the travel demand analysis, following tasks need to be completed:
      • Identify available transport system, right of way of roads in city & along corridor
      • Summarize the travel demand results for existing and all future year alternatives, including corridor and region-wide travel demand, peak period volumes and congestion levels, and person trips by mode for the corridor and the region.
      • To update/develop a travel demand model, calibrate and validate for base year travel conditions and to forecast the travel demand for the horizon period of 30 years at 5 year intervals based on Madurai City CMP Model, 2019.
      • Estimation of current ridership, PHPDT, projected demand for next 30 years.
      • The consultant would undertake the following validation surveys along the corridor.
        • Mid-Block Volume Count
        • Turning Movement Volume Count at major junctions
        • Pedestrian Volume Counts
        • Journey Time Surveys
        • Stated Preference Surveys/Willingness to pay surveys
        • Boarding and Alighting Surveys
        • Occupancy Surveys
        • Road Network Inventory
    • Reconnaissance surveys and Identification of probable corridors, stations and estimation of ridership on the corridors.
    • Verification and specification of the mode choice based on comparative study of various modes.
    • Taking into account the various development projects planned and also those which have been completed
    • after the CTTS/CMP/CDP.
    • Capturing the changes in the demographic and spatial profile occurred since CTTS/CMP/CDP.
    • Taking into consideration future population, land use, employment etc.
  • Task 5: Conceptual Engineering Effect Selection of suitable alternatives based on following conceptual Engineering effect criteria:
    • Geotechnical
    • Civil Structures
    • Station Planning (Bus Stations/Rail Stations etc.)
    • Utilities
    • Right-of-ways
    • Other Planning Parameters like impacts on parking, inter-modal connectivity, etc.

The-tender can be downloaded from the CPP Portal Link

 Source: CMRL-Tender | Image Credit (representational): CMRL