Chennai Metro Update: Tender invited for telecommunication system at various locations of Corridor 3 & 5 of Phase-II

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has invited digitally signed open e-tender through e-procurement portal for Design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing & commissioning of telecommunication system for CMRL Phase-II, Corridor 3 (Sholinganallur to SIPCOT 2) & Corridor 5 (From Koyambedu Market Metro to Sholinganallur), OCC & BCC.

  • Tender Reference Number: CMRL/PHASE-II/SYS/C3&5-ASA06/2023
  • Name of Work: Design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing & commissioning of telecommunication system for CMRL Phase-II, Corridor 3 (Sholinganallur to SIPCOT 2) & Corridor 5 (From Koyambedu Market Metro to Sholinganallur), OCC & BCC.
  • EMD: INR 1,80,66,000 Crore
  • Duration of Contract: 1330 Days
  • Document Download / Sale Start Date: 28th February, 2023
  • Document Download / Sale End Date: 29th April, 2023
  • Pre- Bid Meeting: 16th March, 2023
  • Bid Submission Start Date: 22nd April, 2023
  • Bid Submission End Date: 29th April, 2023
  • Bid Opening Date: 29th April, 2023

Project Overview:

  • With the aim of developing an effective and efficient mass transit system in addition to the existing public transportation and Phase -I Metro rail system, the Phase-2 of Chennai Metro has 3 corridors with a total length of 118.9 km.
    • Corridor 3: Madhavaram Milk Colony to SIPCOT (45.8 km)
    • Corridor 5: Madhavaram Milk Colony to Sholinganallur (45.5 km)
  • The upcoming corridors have been so aligned that the existing corridors 1 & 2 will have  connectivity with the upcoming corridor 3,4 and 5. Further, the Phase-2 corridors connect  many important places of the city and have good potential ridership.
  • The Corridor-3 from Madhavaram Milk Colony to SIPCOT connectivity cuts down the travel time to 40% during peak hour traffic, Corridor-4 from Lighthouse to Poonamalle reduces the travel time up to 50% and Corridor-5 connects Madhavaram Milk Colony to Sholinganallur can serve the purpose of circular journey connecting Corridor 3 & 5 including OCC at Madhavaram and BCC at Nandanam Metros building. Considering the route alignment and topology of the city, the corridors have a mixture of some underground stations and some elevated stations.

Appended below, a pictorial representation of these corridors:

  • Temporary OCC & BCC at Poonamalle Depot is to be commissioned as part of this tender  and will be shifted to OCC at Madhavaram which is to be implemented during Stage 4b and  BCC at Nandanam Metros which is to be implemented during Stage 4a. This needs to be considered as part of this tender.
  • All Centralised Telecom Facilities for the following locations shall be under the scope of this  contractor.
    • Temporary OCC (@ Poonamallee Depot)
    • All Workstations and Consoles in Temporary OCC Room
    • CER-01 (Equipment Room for Temporary OCC)
    • Telecom Maintenance Management Room
    • Integrated Testing and Commissioning Lab
    • Permanent OCC (@ Madhavaram Depot)
    • OCC Room
    • Incident Management Room
    • Telecom Maintenance Management Room
    • Security Control Room

Stations and Depot:

  • The stations of Phase-2 are a mixture of both underground and elevated stations. The highest station in Phase-2 on corridor 5 is CMBT with 20.50-meter height from ground level.
  • The deepest station in the underground on corridor 5 is Villivakkam Metro which is 21.25 metres below ground level. All stations are designed in such a way that it is accessible by all  passengers including differently abled persons.
  • For the ease of access by senior citizens / needy passengers, Lifts are provided from all levels. For the ease of passenger movement, escalators are also provided at all stations in all levels. Apart from lifts and escalators, enough staircases are also provided apart from dedicated emergency exit / fire exit staircases as per NFPA130 standards.
  • The stations are so designed that the entire station is well lit and comfortable air circulation is maintained. Automatic ticket vending machines and ticket offices for customer care are also provisioned at all stations.
  • Necessary / statutory passenger information shall be displayed at all stations apart from audio announcement for arrival and departure of trains shall be provided. Provisions for emergency announcements in all or selected stations from OCC/BCC will also be enabled to guide / inform the passengers during an emergency / incident.
  • Necessary signages will be provided for self-guiding of passengers within the station. All places of entry with restrictions shall be under access control thus ensuring only authorised personnel are only entering the restricted zones.
  • Station controller will be the custodian of all assets in the station and act as a one-point contact for both public and within the organisation. Guide marks for visually impaired passengers will be provided at all levels of stations enabling a visually impaired passenger to enter a station, purchase tickets and board the train or vice versa to exit the station with ease.
  • All other passenger amenities such as drinking water, rest rooms for gents and ladies shall be available at stations. The station platforms will be equipped with platform screen doors to protect the fall of passengers / objects on the track.
  • The terminal stations will be provided with sidings for train reversal and stabling lines to stable the trains which enables ease of train recovery. Some of the stations are provided with pocket tracks keeping the operational strategy intact to cater any degraded / emergency handling.
  • Two numbers of depots are planned for Phase -2 catering three corridors. The one at Madhavaram Milk Colony will cater the needs of corridor 3 and 5 whereas the depot planned at Poonamalle will serve for corridor 4. The depots are placed at grade with sufficient stabling  lines, inspection lines and workshop lines.
  • All other maintenance amenities will be in place and the depot utilities will use state-of-the-art technologies. The depots will have full length testing tracks to check and verify the maintained trains for correctness and performance.

Scope of Services:

  • The detailed requirements of the services to be provided by the Contractor shall be as given in the GS and TS.
  • The scope of services to be performed by the Contractor shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Design, manufacture, delivery, system assurance, installation, testing and commissioning of the individual Sub-System as described in the relevant Chapter pertaining to each sub-system.
  • Design, Supply, and Installation of Base Frame for cabinets , under False Floor Cable Trays with required risers for wall mounted units in TER of Stations and under false floor cable trays in SCR.
  • Presentations, reviews, and audit support as specified in the Specification.
  • Project management of the implementation of the System.
  • Quality and safety management.
  • Overall site supervision and management.
  • Decommissioning, removal, and disposal of Temporary Works.
  • Operation and maintenance support services. 
  • Preparation and submission of documentation.
  • Training for Employer’s Training Instructors, operations staff, maintenance staff and engineering staff.
  • Recommendation and provision of spares, tools, and test equipment. 
  • Manpower resources.
  • Main earth extension from Earthing strip in TER to Rack
  • Prototypes, mock-ups, emulation, and simulation as required. 
  • All the statutory certifications, registrations, clearances for the products/spares, manufacturer, importer, seller for all the equipments and technology used in the execution of this work, as required by the Government of India and other statutory/Legal authorities ( including the updated norms/rules as and when implemented). This includes BIS certification, TEC certification for telecom equipment etc.

Cabling work:

  • Telecom Contractor will lay all kind of data cable, OFC and power cable or any other cable required for telecom equipments, third party telecom interfaces
  • The sites for the Permanent works shall include stations, depot, OCC & BCC, are detailed in GS. It will cover equipment rooms at stations, OCC & BCC, Depot, viaducts, bridges, RSSs and at grade tracks as also all the ancillary buildings along the alignments, stations, Depot.
  • BCC shall be an exact replica of the redundant OCC Telecom sub system set up.All equipment shall work in active-active mode (Hot standby). In case of unavailability of OCC equipment, the redundant equipment in BCC will take over without any human intervention and without any service failure / disruption to the end user. Contractor needs to elaborate in Detailed design on different failure scenarios.
  • As per technical requirement mentioned in GS & PS all the Telecom sub systems Servers , controllers, consoles, HMIs, NMS work stations, Client Terminals, telecom equipments, end devices, licenses, software, firmware, switching & processing capacity, and corresponding interfaces provisioned for OCC, same shall be replicated in BCC.
  • OCC is planned at Madhavaram and BCC is planned at Nandanam Metros. Depiction of room layouts and drawings shall be shared. However, the contractor has to design, implement, interface and integrate with all other contracts of ASA04, ASA07 and other telecom Contracts of ASA05 and ASA08. Necessary Bill of materials and software licenses required to be considered.
  • ASA-06 shall provide the main cable (144 C Fiber optic cable) along the Track side in their relevant section including the C5 area between Virugambakkam Metro and Mugalivakkam Metro ASA-06 shall also extent the 144 Fibre to the TER/CER of the:
    • Boundary station managed by ASA-08.
    • Interchange station managed by ASA-05 to link between corridor 5 & 3.
  • Any connectivity requirements to OCC Madhavaram and BCC at Nandanam Metros to be considered by the ASA06 Contractor from TER/CER of nearby station or Depot.
  • Telecom services like camera for Signaling point machines etc., in the boundaries with other Telecom packages in viaduct/tunnel to be provided by ASA06 contractor. Actual requirements will be covered during design.
  • Functions of Access Control and Intrusion Detection System (ACIDS) shall be access management, alarm management and intrusion detection. The system shall include, but not limited to the detection sensors/ equipment, control switch, card readers, interface controllers, ACS servers, display HMI,card initialising workstation.
  • The ACIDS shall be provided at Stations, OCC,BCC,RSS & Administrative Building. The ACIDS in stations, as a minimum, shall be provided in important rooms like SCR, Ticket Offices, EFO’s,Service gates (near AFC gate array), Technical rooms (Power Supply, Signaling and Low Voltage technical rooms), ASS, Crew control rooms and other important rooms. In Depots, ACIDS shall, as a minimum, be provided in Technical rooms (Power Supply, Signaling, Telecom, AFC and Low Voltage technical rooms), OCC & BCC theatre including main entry & exit gates to control access into important equipment rooms and critical areas. Location of the ACIDS system shall be finalized during the detailed design stage.
  • The functions of the system shall be access management, alarm management and intrusion detection. They shall include, but not limited to the detection sensors/ equipment, control switch, card readers, interface controllers, display HMI, etc.
  • The Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) shall be located in the SCR of each station, the guard room at the OCC & BCC to ensure the safety of major equipment. The HMI of ACIDS shall be integrated with the HMI of the CCTV system.
  • Centralised Access Management System including OCC/BCC Software application and Station HMI client software application shall be provided by Telecom contractor as Integrated Security Management System (ISMS).
  • Contractor shall be responsible to interface with other Telecom contractors of other packages/corridors for station ACID system with Integrated Security Management system (ISMS).Contractor shall refer Chapter 5 for seamless integration with ISMS for Video management and recording.
  • The alarms shall be logged and transmitted to the ACIDS server and visualized on the HMI in the operator’s office such as SCR, DCC and administrative building and via the multi-service network to the Telecom SCADA system in the OCC & BCC.
  • The Access Control and Intrusion Detection facilities shall jointly detect any breach of security or unauthorized intrusion and raise an alarm.
  • The Access Control System shall monitor, control and record personnel access to and from buildings, rooms and other areas normally prohibited to passengers and vehicular access to the depots.

Manufacture and Delivery of Spare Parts:

  • The Spare Parts to be supplied under the Contract shall be manufactured at the same time as the Permanent Works. All Spare Parts shall be manufactured, works tested and inspected in accordance with the relevant quality system, suitably packed and labelled in accordance with Section 8 above of this volume 1, and delivered to the Employer by the Contractor.
  • Before the Spare Parts are delivered to the Employer, the Contractor shall submit to the Employer’s Representative a shipment advice notifying details such as date of dispatch, date of arrival, vessel name, etc. as well as a packing list to indicate the contract number, variation order number, the lot size, quantity, and weight.
  • The Spare Parts shall be consigned to the Employer and delivered in accordance with The Employer’s Representative’s instructions to a programme which shall ensure that sufficient Spare Parts are delivered to facilitate normal routine maintenance of the Permanent Works by the Employer at all stages of completion.
  • The Spare Parts shall be supplied in total not later than the date set out for stage commissioning of the system.
  • Spare Parts shall be fully interchangeable with their corresponding part. All Spare Parts shall be configured to the latest revision during the Defects Liability Period. For Spare Parts such as electronic components, lamps, fuses and other consumable and high-use items, the Contractor shall ensure that a minimum of two alternative sources of supply are available.
  • An adequate supply of Spare Parts shall be available throughout the design life of the Works, from the date of the Employer’s Taking Over of the Works. The Contractor undertakes to notify the Employer at least 6 months prior to deletion of any item used in the Works from general availability.
  • For any Spare Parts that the Contractor is unable to supply throughout the design life of the Works, or where the Contractor ceases availability support of that item before the end of such design life or if the Contractor ceases trading, the Contractor undertakes to transfer the relevant intellectual property rights, design rights and technology to the Employer and the Employer shall have the full right to manufacturing drawings, schedules, software and any other information needed to manufacture the relevant item.
  • Such rights shall give the Employer complete freedom to manufacture the item in Chennai or anywhere else world-wide. The Contractor shall also undertake to notify the Employer two years in advance of the intended cessation of spares availability of any spare part item.
  • If any Spare Part is rendered obsolete by a design change or material change during the design life of the Works supplied under the Contract, the Contractor shall design a replacement item to match the identical mechanical and electrical interfaces as the former item.
  • If, as a result of changes in technology, any Spare Part is not completely interchangeable with the original item, or the performance of any Spare Part is different from the original item, then the Contractor shall purchase the same for the Employer at a price agreed between the parties, of the same quantities of the obsolete Spare Parts, that the Employer may possess.

Contract Spares:

  • The quantity of Spare Parts shall be as detailed in the Technical Specification.
  • Notwithstanding the quantities defined in the Technical Specification of Volume -2, Part 2 or by the following formulae the quantity of Spare Parts shall be sufficient for the full operation of the Permanent Works from stage 1 beginning of Defect liability period to stage 2 end of  the Defect liability period (Contract spares).
  • The Contractor shall supply and deliver all of the Contract Spares on or before completion of the Systems Acceptance Test.
  • The Contractor shall submit the Contract Spares schedules for the Contract Spares in hard copies (including the illustrated parts catalogues) as well as soft copies to the Employer’s Representative for a Notice.
  • The quantity of Contract Spares for the consumable and non-repairable items shall be determined in accordance with the following Formula 1.1

Works Area:

  • The Site and works Areas will be made available to the Contractor at different times as stated in this Document and in accordance with the Contractor’s approved Works Programme.
  • The Employer may, however, give to the Contractor access to portions of the Site and works Areas earlier than the time stated and the Contractor shall accept them. The Contractor shall not be entitled to any additional payment for early access of any portion of the Site or works Areas.
  • The descriptions of the Site and Works Areas given below are indicative and the Contractor shall satisfy himself as to the exact nature of the various Site and Works Areas and the extent of works to be carried out prior to the execution of the Permanent Works or making use of the area as working space and/or for temporary site facilities.
  • The Contractor shall submit to the Engineer for a notice of no objection, a written proposal for the use and occupation of these Site and works Areas at least 6 weeks prior to the programmed use of the requested areas.
  • The availability of Site and works Areas will only be permitted for the planned duration of the permanent and temporary works within the particular Site and works Areas.
  • The Contractor is deemed to have acquainted himself with the actual location and conditions of the Site and allow for any contingency with regard to the means of access and any special Site restrictions including making all works disturbed or damaged to match with the existing.
  • The Contractor shall propose controlled access points to the Site and Works Areas for a notice from the Engineer. All controlled access points shall have full time security guards during all times when the Contractor is occupying the site.
  • Access points shall be fitted with doors or gates that are lockable. Access control arrangements shall be implemented in accordance with the OHSE requirements in Part 2 Section VIB.
  • The Contractor shall ensure that all approved accesses shall not impose any constraints and hazard to existing establishments or to other works by Interfacing Contractors. If such accesses are required to be relocated, deleted or closed as may be directed by the Engineer, the Contractor shall do so at his own costs and time.
  • The Contractor shall maintain at all times all existing access routes for other Contractors within the Site and works Areas during all stages of the Works. The Contractor shall submit his proposal, for a notice from the Engineer, after having received approval from all Relevant Authorities, for the provision of temporary accesses required at any existing building(s) to ensure continuation of access for the public and to facilitate construction of the Works.
  • Unless otherwise noted, the Contractor shall protect all existing buildings and structures, either located within or adjacent to, the Site and works Areas to the satisfaction of the Engineer.
  • Work areas falling under the Road Right of Way which includes Road and footpaths shall be accessed for work by the Contractor after obtaining necessary permission from the Regulatory Authorities including Traffic Police Department.
  • If any land and/or right of way, other than the Site and works Areas shown on the Employer’s Drawings, is required by the Contractor for the purpose of the execution of the Works, the same shall be arranged by the Contractor at his own risk and cost.
  • The Employer where feasible may at his discretion assist the Contractor in this respect.

Schedule of Site Access Dates:

  • The table below sets out the earliest access dates when Site Areas are available together with the dates by which they must be vacated. The Contractor Shall take these dates into account in his Work Programme.


  • Experience in the capacity of Telecom System Integrator (without Specialist subcontractor) either as Single entity or JV member, or
  • Experience in the capacity of Telecom System Integrator as Specialist Subcontractor must have been substantially completed in the last 10 (ten) years, prior to the ‘last date for bid submission’.

A minimum number of:

  • One Telecommunication work involving Design, Supply, Installation, Testing and commissioning in Metro Rail / MonoRail/ Mainline Railway projects/ Large Airports/ Smart City; of value INR 145 Cr or above; with at least 4 (four) subsystems out of FOTS/MAN, Tetra, PABX, CCTV, PAS, PIDS, ACIDS, Master Clock, in the scope of the work, or
  • Two Telecommunication works involving Design, Supply, Installation, Testing and commissioning in Metro Rail / Mono Rail/ Mainline Railway projects/ Large Airports/ Smart City; each of value INR 90 Cr or above; with at least 4 (four) subsystems out of FOTS/MAN, Tetra, PABX, CCTV, PAS, PIDS, ACIDS, Master Clock in the scope of the work, or
  • Three Telecommunication works involving Design, Supply, Installation, Testing and  commissioning in Metro Rail / Monorail/ Mainline Railway projects/ Large Airports/ Smart City; each of value INR 72 Cr. or above; with at least 4 (four) subsystems out of FOTS/MAN, Tetra, PABX, CCTV, PAS, PIDS, ACIDS, Master Clock in the scope of the contracts.

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