HSR update: Tenders invited for preparation of SIA / RAP report for Delhi-Amritsar High Speed Rail Corridor

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In continuation to the tender for carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment Study, the National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) has invited online open e-tenders for the work “Conducting Survey / Field Work & Preparation of Detailed Social Impact Assessment (SIA/ Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) For Delhi-Amritsar High Speed Rail Corridor (About 459 Kms Long)”.

  • Contract Package No.: NHSRCL/CO/CA/SIA/2020/45
  • Tender Security: INR 5,04,900
  • Completion period of the Work: 6 months
  • Pre-bid Meeting: 30.12.2020
  • Tender submission start date: 07.01.2021
  • Tender submission end date: 14.01.2021
  • Date of opening of Tender online: 15.01.2021

Employer’s Requirement:

(Terms Of Reference)


The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) (the “Employer”), a company incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013 with an object to finance, construct, maintain and manage the High Speed Rail Corridor in India. The Company has been modelled as ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ in the joint sector with equity participation by Central Government through the Ministry of Railways and two State Governments viz. Government of Gujarat and Government of Maharashtra.

  • The Company would be ushering India into the category of few countries of the world (about15) using the High Speed Railway System.
  • The High-SpeedRail (HSR) project apart from being a technological marvel, would afford many quantifiable benefits like saving in travel time, vehicle operation cost, reduction in pollution, job creation, reduction in accidents and enhanced safety. 
  • The project would also boost the infrastructure and add to the growth of the economy. HSR would be an integrated system having overall optimization of various components, viz. Hardware, Software, Human-ware, and their interface, etc.
  • NHSRCL is in the process of preparation of Detailed Project Report for new High speed rail corridors and present assignment is for Delhi-Amritsar High Speed corridor (approx.459 kms) project.
  • Alignment of the proposed corridor is generally planned within and/or along the ROW of existing/planned Highway/Expressway and Railways land, keeping in view the speed and constructability requirements of the High-Speed Rail Project.
  • Expected RoW of the main line (excluding facilities) will be approx. 17.5 m ± 5 m depending on project requirement.

Objective Of Assignment:

The Contractor is required to prepare Social Impact Assessment (SIA)/ Rehabilitation Action Plan (RAP)/ Indigenous Population Plan and Land Acquisition Plan as per the World Bank social safeguard policy. NHSRCL needs to realistically assess, plan for implementing measures to mitigate adverse social impacts associated with the HSR Corridor. In the preparatory stage, this will involve the following steps:

Task 1: Preparation of Land Acquisition Plan:

  • Alignment of the proposed corridor is planned within and along with ROW of Highway/Expressway and Railways land. On priority, information/records of existing ROW of the concern stakeholder (Highways/Expressways/Railways/Defence/ Restricted/ Sensitive areas etc.) has to be collected to know the extent of land availability of within the proposed ROW of DELHI-AMRITSAR High Speed Rail Corridor (MHSR). The Contractor has to analyze the above data/ records and also verify the same with the concerned revenue department and submit the following details to the Employer (NHSRCL).
    • Length (KM with Section) of MHSRC falling within the ROW (land) already acquired by above stakeholders.
    • Quantity (Ha) of land available with these stakeholders.
    • Balance land to be acquired in terms of length and quantity.
  • The Contractor has to submit the land requirement with breakup of land available (length in km and area in Hectare) with the ownership (with the name of organization/ department of Government land) and balance land to be acquired with classification.
  • Identification of Revenue Villages based on the alignment provided by NHSRCL or NHSRCL authorized agency and Collection of Authenticated Revenue/ Villages Maps of the affected Villages. The Contractor has also to verify the ROW on ground (in reference of GPS coordinates) and update it as and wherever required.
  • Verification of land and ownership data in revenue records of the Government land and records of concerned agencies like NHAI/Railways/State authorities (especially for land owned by highway/expressways and railway authorities).
  • Collection of Related Revenue Records in line of requirement for Gazette Notification for Land Acquisition as per state/central Act.
  • Verification and updating of alignment marked on Revenue Maps and affected survey numbers in each village.
  • Updating of digital Land Plan (given by NHSRCL) after ground verification on revenue maps.
  • Preparation of Draft LA Notification Sect-11 of RFCTLARR-2013/20A of RAA or applicable act for the purpose of submitting intent of Acquisition with Owner details as well.

Task 2: Social impact assessment (SIA) which includes but not limited to-

  • Social impact assessment is a critical step taken to incorporate social analyses and participatory processes into project design and implementation for optimizing development outcomes.SIA helps to enhance benefits to the poor and the vulnerable while minimizing and mitigating adverse impacts on the local communities. This involves analyzing social issues and impacts on the affected populations in order for designing social management plans to mitigate adverse impacts and improve people’s lives through participatory implementation.
  • Census survey of all affected families in all villages of District getting affected by the project area; recording their assets (land, structures, CPR’s, Religious Structures and utilities), incomes, and social category (Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes);
  • Baseline socio-economic survey of the affected families suffering major impacts and needing rehabilitation assistance in addition to compensation for their losses;
  • Review of literature including project specific details/history/reports/terms of Reference / similar Social Impact Assessment Reports etc carried out earlier.
  • The Contractor shall use GPS enabled devices for census survey, video recording of consultations, photograph/video of assets affected along with the owner of the asset. The required photographs (in soft copy) as above should have GPS coordinates embedded in it.
  • SIA will specifically involve:
    • Reconfirming zone of impact through review of available data in land surveys, alignment maps/ satellite maps, provided by NHSRCL.
    • Identifying zones of major economic and social impacts;
    • Understanding socio-economic profile of people;
    • Analyzing differential impacts on different categories of people (all title holders and non-titleholder, landowners, residential households,small/landless/marginal farmers, labourers, businesses, SCs/ STs, and women), and impacts on communities (common facilities such as roads, schools, community centers, cultural properties, etc.);
    • Socio-political analysis of local power relations and institutions available for participation, grievance redressal and conflict resolution;
    • Studying people’s perceptions of project impacts and minimum acceptable mitigation measures that will enable them to cope with economic losses and displacement;
    • Assessment of construction phase impacts on communities; and
    • Suggesting broad strategies for adverse impact mitigation and social value addition in order to optimize development outcomes including training and capacity building plan and there monitoring and evaluation plan during implementation.

Tender documents may be downloaded from CPPP site https://etenders.gov.in/eprocure/app.

Source: NHSRCL-Tender

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