Chennai Metro Update: Tender invited for manufacture, supply and installation of escalators for Phase-I and Phase-I extension

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has invited digitally signed open e-tender through e-procurement portal for Design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of heavy duty escalators for improvement of passenger amenities for Chennai Metro Rail Project Phase-1 and Phase-1 Extension, Corridor 1 and Corridor 2 metro stations.

  • Tender Reference Number: CMRL/PHASE-I&PHASE-I-EXT/SYS/C1&2-ESC/2023
  • Name of Work: Design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of heavy duty escalator for improvement of passenger amenities for Chennai Metro Rail Project Phase-1 and Phase-1 Extension, Corridor 1 and Corridor 2 metro stations.
  • EMD: INR 85 Lakh
  • Duration of Contract: 300 Days + DNP (730 Days)
  • Document Download / Sale Start Date: 15th March, 2023
  • Document Download / Sale End Date: 29th April, 2023
  • Pre- Bid Meeting: 29th March, 2023
  • Bid Submission Start Date: 22nd April, 2023
  • Bid Submission End Date: 29th April, 2023
  • Bid Opening Date: 02nd May, 2023

Scope of Works:

  • Approximately 41 No’s Escalators in stations for vertical movement of passengers.
  • All minor civil works or modifications required for installation of the equipment and restoring to final finishes (chipping, cutting/bending of projected rods/rebars etc).
  • Transportation of equipment and materials for installation purposes.
  • Supply of spare parts, special tools, testing and diagnostic equipment and measuring instruments.
  • Training of Employer’s O&M personnel
  • Documentation
  • All Scaffolding, hoisting works required for Escalators Installation
  • Control and monitoring system for Escalators
  • Maintenance for specified period
  • Services
  • All equipment, fixtures and materials required for interface with designated contractors
  • All Software and Hardware required for Escalators including development system, license of all applications and operating system software etc.
  • Storage area for Spares and Records
  • Enclosures and supporting brackets for housing and fixing equipment


  • The Services to be performed by the Contractor shall include but not be limited to the following:
  • Design, manufacture, supply, system quality management, installation, testing (including integrated testing) and commissioning of the complete system as brought out above
  • Presentations, reviews and audit support as specified in this Specification. 
  • Interface management as specified in this Specification. 
  • System operations and maintenance support services. 
  • Training for Employer’s staff. 
  • Decommissioning, removal and/or disposal of temporary works. 
  • Prototype and Type Tests; 
  • Defects liability of Permanent Works after commissioning as stipulated in the General Conditions of Contract (GCC) and Special Conditions of Contract (SCC); and
  • Obtaining statutory clearances for the commissioning of Escalators from statutory authorities
  • Removal of scratch proof paper and debris in the vicinity before handing over escalators to the Employer
  • Single PC Based Remote Monitoring System for Escalators with different monitoring and control signals

Design Stage:

  • Description of general design philosophy. 
  • System reliability, availability, maintainability and safety evaluation reports. 
  • Automatic fault identification and isolation arrangement. 
  • Determination of equipment ratings. 
  • Determination of space requirement. 
  • Design and proving protection devices/systems and its validation, 
  • Type test reports for equipment selected. 
  • Detailed design drawings and reports. 
  • Detailed interface reports and interfacing design drawings. 
  • Hazard identification and control documentation. 

Construction Stage:

  • Construction and Installation Plan including site safety plan; 
  • Factory Acceptance Test Plan for equipment. 
  • Quality Plans and RAM Plans. 
  • Installation, operation and maintenance instruction of all equipment. 
  • Operation and Maintenance Manuals. 
  • Records and drawings of equipment installed. 
  • All other records of construction, including hidden parts; 
  • Site test report of equipment; 
  • As built drawings including interface drawings and 
  • Other documentation as required, by the Employer. 

Other statutory requirements:

  • The Contractor shall be fully responsible for obtaining relevant safety certificate or any other document required from statutory authorities for commissioning and for regular operation of Escalators
  • The Contractor shall submit the relevant safety and clearance certificates obtained for each equipment from the statutory authorities to the “Employer/employer’s representative
  • The Contractor shall provide adequate signage and graphics as being statutory requirements, for the safe and proper utilisation of each equipment, in adequate number  exhibited at required locations.

Chennai Metro Rail Project (Phase-I & Phase-I Extension):

This Project of Chennai Metro Rail – Corridor 1 & Corridor 2 comprises as follows:

  • Corridor-1: Meenambakkam to Tondiarpet (14 Nos. Operational Stations – Refer to Appendix D)
  • Corridor-2: Egmore to St. Thomas Mount (8 Nos. Operational Stations – Refer to Appendix D)
  • In Corridor-1 & 2 of Chennai Metro rail project, as per the Specification, the works for the quantity of 41 nos. of Semi outdoor Escalators shall be executed. This quantity is as per the preliminary design and may vary during detailed design and project execution.

Key Challenges:

The following are the Key Challenges presented to the Contractor:

  • The Technical Specifications, General Specification and Drawings are intended to be mutually explanatory, and all works required in one, even if not in the other, shall be fully executed.
  • These documents are intended to be the basic design guidelines for the Contractor to develop with the relevant standards and complete in all aspects to the satisfaction of Employer/Employer’s Representative.
  • The Technical specifications describe the Scope of Works and the technical requirements of all systems, equipment and components to be Designed, Supplied, Installed, Tested and Commissioned under this contract. 
  • Detailed Design of the System listed in the scope of works including the requirements that are not specified here but are required for the successful operation of the system.
  • The Escalators to be installed under the contract shall be highly reliable and shall provide the level of service required for Mass transit application.
  • The specified level of reliability, availability, maintainability and safety requirements of these systems shall be achieved and verified by the Contractor by analysis, simulation, testing and demonstrations as required in this Specification.
  • The Contractor shall carefully study the space layouts allocated for the installation of Escalators and plan for transportation, unloading, assembly and installation of Escalators taking all the constraints into account and at the same time will ensure that all relevant safety clearances and rules are complied with and performance requirements are fully met.
  • The space requirement given in the tentative layouts of various stations shall be critically examined by the Contractor to economise on space and also to provide a layout amenable  to good maintenance and operation practices so as to achieve an overall ergonomic design.
  • Various interfacing issues with other designated Contractors are required to be resolved to ensure timely completion of the Works. Whilst some of the interface issues have already been addressed, some of them are likely to have not yet been identified or finalised.
  • It is the Contractor’s responsibility to ensure that all interfacing issues are clearly defined and agreements sought from all other Contractors as well as from the local authorities in accordance with the General Specification (GS) and the interface requirements.
  • The System Design shall meet the specified performance and operational requirements stipulated in this Particular Specification. The Contractor shall conduct Simulation Studies in the early design stage, to ensure that the system capacity and equipment design meet the Employer’s Requirements.
  • The entire Scope of Work shall generally meet design requirements of fire safety in accordance with NFPA-130 Standard for Fixed Guide-Way Transit System, with latest versions / amendments, except where amended by this Technical Specification.
  • The entire installation shall meet the protective provisions relating to electrical safety and life safety described under various standards.

About CMRL:

  • The Chennai Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), a joint venture between Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu, operates the Chennai Metro. It is the third longest metro system in India after Delhi Metro and Hyderabad metro.
  • The Phase-I of Chennai Metro Rail project covers a length of 45.046 km network and consists of two corridors i.e. Corridor-I (Blue Line) – From Washermenpet to Airport (23.085 Km), Corridor -2(Green Line) – From Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount (21.961 km).
  • About 55% of the corridors in Phase-I are underground and the remaining elevated. Out of 32 nos of stations 13 nos are elevated stations and the remaining 19 nos are underground stations.
  • Inter corridor interchange stations are available at Alandur (Elevated) station and Chennai Central (Underground) station respectively. The system commenced service in 2015 after partially opening the first phase of the project.

The complete documents can be downloaded from

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