Kochi Metro Update: RFQ invited for engagement of agency for providing feeder service to Metro commuters from Aluva to Pettah

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Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. (KMRL) has invited online proposals through RFQ (Pre qualification) Engagement of Agency for Procurement, Operation & Maintenance of e- auto for Kochi metro commuters from Aluva to Pettah.

  • The tenure of the contract will be 5 years (with an option for additional 2 years).
  • The Authority is looking for the Agency/bidders for Procurement, Operation & Maintenance of e- auto for commuters of Kochi metro for last and first mile connectivity.

Key Details:

  • Tender No.: KMRL/O&M/MMT/2021-22/16
  • Name of Work: Engagement of Agency for Procurement, Operation & Maintenance of e- auto for Kochi metro commuters from Aluva to Pettah
  • Completion Period: 5 Years (with an option for additional 2 years) from the date of issue of LOA
  • RFQ submission start Date and Time: 18-07-2021 @ 9:00 HRS
  • RFQ submission end Date and Time: Till 17.30 Hrs on 28-07-2021
  • Date & Time of opening of RFQ: On 10.00 Hrs on 30-07-2021

Back Ground:

  • KMRL has completed Phase 1 of Metro project from Aluva to Pettah and is currently operational.
  • Metro is operational currently from 06:00 hrs 22:00 hrs currently subject to revision as the case may be.
  • There are 22 stations from Aluva to Pettah.
  • KMRL is executing to the project connecting Pettah metro station to Trippunithura and is expected to complete the project by 2022-23.
  • In this extension, there are three stations.
  • KMRL has released policy for last mile connectivity.
  • As per the policy the agency/ aggregators/ Societies can apply for license for operating as feeder service to KMRL.
  • Policy is applicable to Bus/ Minivan/ E- auto/ Auto.
  • As per the policy, the licensee shall be awarded to operate 115 autos with licenses as feeder to KMRL.
  • E- Auto is planned for commuters who need travel less than 3 km on share auto basis and auto upto 6 km.

Scope of work:

  • In order to provide last and first mile connectivity for the commuters of Metro, KMRL is planning to introduce electric auto.
  • Based on expected station wise ridership , tentative number e- auto required is prepared.
  • Based on the current ridership in each station, deployment is divided in phased manner.
  • Bidder can review the requirement of e- auto in each station and phases of implementation and can submit recommendation for review and approval of KMRL.
  • The bidder can submit the recommendation on the routes from each metro station for approval of KMRL.
  • Metro revenue hours shall be from morning 6:00 am to 23hrs, bidder shall submit the detailed operation plan for each station.
  • KMRL shall have the right to increase the stations as and when new stations are operational.
  • The scope of agreement shall be revised to include the additional stations.
  • The number of e-auto required in each additional station shall be planned based on the ridership and bidder shall recommend the required e- auto in each additional station.
  • KMRL envisages to operate e- auto as shared auto basis The fare charges to be fixed based as per the guidelines issued by Government of Kerala.
  • The successful bidder should deploy brand new e- auto with GPS, should have tracking facility.
  • Vehicles provided by the service provider/bidder shall be complying to Kerala Motor Vehicles Department laid down norms & in line with the Kerala Vehicles Act & rules and should have all required certification from respective agency at all times.
  • The mobile App shall be made available for commuters for tracking the vehicle availability, making online payments, location of vehicle and should be capable for integrating with Kochi One App.
  • The bidder should share the data to KMRL for evaluating the commuters travel pattern as and when sought by KMRL.
  • The procurement, O&M of the e-autos will be based on net cost contract model.
  • The Capital Cost and the Operation/Maintenance Cost of the project, will be borne by the service provider.
  • Capital cost includes total cost of procurement of e- auto including charging facility, its installation, operation and maintenance.

During the contract period, the service provider is entitled to:

  • Fare box revenue: Revenue earned from e-auto ridership.
  • CSR Funding: The Service provider is also given the rights to tap into CSR funding of private organizations to fund the operations of the system.
  • Advertisement Revenue/ Sponsorship Contract Revenue: The service provider will be given the rights to provide space inside auto for digital/static advertisement space subject to prior written approval of KMRL. This should not cause any inconvenience to commuters and in accordance with rules and regulations of the Government of Kerala.

RFQ to be submitted, through Kerala Govt. e-tender portal http://etenders.kerala.gov.in.


Source: KMRL-Tender | Image Credit: Kochi Metro

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