Kochi Metro Update: Tender invited for consultancy services for the detailed design of station components for Phase-II corridor of Kochi Metro Rail Project

Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has invited online bids (e-Tender) under two packet systems from eligible applicants for Consultancy services for the detailed design of station components for Phase-II corridor of Kochi Metro Rail Project.

  • Tender Reference Number: KMRL/PROC/TENDER/2022-23/186
  • Name of Work: Consultancy services for the detailed design of station components for Phase-II corridor of Kochi Metro Rail Project.
  • EMD: INR 8.61 Lakh
  • Period Of Work: 30 Months
  • Document Download / Sale Start Date: 25th February, 2023
  • Document Download / Sale End Date: 13th March, 2023
  • Pre–bid Meeting Date: 02nd March, 2023
  • Bid Submission Start Date: 06th March, 2023
  • Bid Submission End Date: 13th March, 2023
  • Bid Opening Date: 15th March, 2023


  • As part of the project implementation of Phase II Corridor of Kochi Metro Rail Project from JLN Stadium to Infopark (via Kakkanad), Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. (KMRL) intends to engage a Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for the detailed design of Civil, Architectural and Building Services (including E&M) components of stations.
  • The Employer has endeavored to delineate the scope of the Services to be provided by the Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) in this volume. Such descriptions are not intended to be comprehensive, it being understood that the Design Consultant shall be required, without adjustment or addition to the fixed rates or compensation agreed to herein, to provide any services, whether or not listed herein, that are within the scope of its field of professional practice and that are reasonably inferable as being necessary, or that would be customarily furnished by other providers of professional services of the type and nature provided for in this Agreement, to accomplish the Services set forth in this volume.

Project Description:

  • The proposed Phase II corridor of Kochi Metro Rail Project is a fully elevated metro corridor, extending from JLN Stadium to Infopark (via Kakkanad) over a length of 11.2 km with 11 stations.
  • The JLN Stadium metro station, from where the Phase II corridor starts is an existing station and the newly planned stations in the corridor are: Palarivattom Junction, Palarivattom Bypass, Chembumukku, Vazhakkala, Padamughal, Kakkanad Junction, Cochin SEZ, Chittethukara, KINFRA, Infopark I, and Infopark II stations.

Scope of Work:

Conceptual Design Stage:

  • Develop detailed conceptual and schematic architectural designs/drawings for the metro stations, considering passenger traffic loads, passenger amenities and system operational requirements; and in compliance with the approved KMRL Schedule of Dimensions (SOD) requirements. The developed concepts shall be reviewed and approved by the Employer.
  • Also in this process, the DDC is expected to review any basic station layouts prepared by the Employer / other agencies appointed by the Employer, and develop the conceptual station designs based on such layouts. Such drawings are only indicative and for reference purpose only.
  • In parallel with the conceptual design preparation for the Phase II metro corridor under consideration, the DDC shall make visits to the major stations in the existing Phase I corridor of Kochi Metro Rail Project and undertake a qualitative analysis of the architectural designs of these stations.
  • As part of this, the DDC shall even converse with the passengers and identify their travel pain points. Also, the DDC shall identify the travel time of the passengers from the street level to platform level and ascertain the passenger flow in these stations.
  • The findings of these exercises shall be submitted to the Client/Employer as an Inception Report, prior to the submission of the conceptual designs.
  • In developing the conceptual designs, the DDC is expected to review and fine-tune the station locations, with a view of optimization of neighbourhood connectivity, junction development, multi-modal integration, etc., and suggest modifications if necessary.
  • Conceptual architectural planning should be based on the principles of state-of- the art international metro planning standards including sound principles of transit-oriented development, multi-modal integration, property development, signage and way-finding, environment friendly green building design, barrier-free designs for differently abled, inclusive planning, general site planning and landscaping.
  • The DDC is required to produce national & international case studies, and should design the station elements & structures with suitable type/scheme/pattern of architectural finishes, furniture, fixtures etc. based on local climatic conditions, environmental, life safety, fire, and noise requirements apt for metro stations and for all structures in an absolutely exhaustive manner and with due diligence.
  • The DDC needs to provide innovative designs so as to address the passenger’s travel pain points identified in the inception report (mentioned earlier in this section) and also try to reduce the travel time from street level to platform level by way of innovative designs / solutions.
  • Moreover, the station design shall purely focus on customer needs, optimised revenue and operational efficiency.
  • Moreover, the DDC shall gather relevant information and data with respect to the existing Kochi Metro Rail Network, leading to the definition of requirements in consultation with the Employer to ascertain the conceptual framework and related requirements. The DDC shall submit a comprehensive system integration report describing their proposal to ensure seamless integration with the existing network.
  • DDC shall develop a schedule of space requirements for individual structures within the limits of land and refine the space requirements to translate them into design submissions.
  • During conceptual design stage, DDC shall identify the potential for property development, basement / elevated parking, multi-modal integration, etc., as part of the station development; and prepare brief reports / presentations (including conceptual designs, drawings and technical documents) for Employer’s / Stakeholders’ review and approval.
  • The station design shall give maximum allocation to street level property development. Also, the DDC shall identify spaces for non-fare box revenue at street level of each station.
  • For finalising the conceptual design of each station, the DDC shall produce sufficient design options, including alternate layouts / designs so as to reduce the construction cost without comprising the aesthetics and also without adversely affecting required transit system functions such as capacity, service life, reliability, economy of operation or ease of maintenance.
  • No fee / time extension will be granted to the DDC for alternate plans/designs during this stage.
  • In submitting / presenting the conceptual designs for review/approval by the Employer, the DDC shall also submit a Station Planning Report (to be submitted station wise) specifying the basic and specific characteristics of each station and highlighting them in the order of importance.
  • The report shall also include, but not limited to the following:
    • Architectural Revit models of stations with LOD 200 Specification.
    • A set of CAD 3 dimensional simulated photographs / views for each station showing platforms, concourse and various passenger handling elements of the station.
    • Statement of probable construction cost.
    • Details of incorporating environment friendly and renewable materials and green building concepts.

Detailed Design Stage:

  • Perform cost effective detailed designs of E&M Services like LV panels, power sockets, cabling, illumination, fire suppression and fire detection, air conditioning, UPS, power supply required for other systems disciplines.
  • DDC is required to propose suitable construction methodology after due approval from KMRL for the works like design of E&M service etc. and prepare and submit a comprehensive report along with the methodologies proposed by DDC for present scope for finalization with KMRL before floating of tenders for construction works.
  • Integration of Building Services with the existing E&M systems at existing stations including fire compartmentation.
  • Prepare Opening Drawings (SEM) and identify embedded items/openings indicating system wide information for the purpose of E & M coordination and civil construction interfaces.
  • Prepare BOQs, design calculations, specifications, cost estimates, tender drawings for the associated construction contract for tendering by KMRL and modify the cost estimate as necessary before the contract is awarded.
  • The BOQs, specifications, cost estimate is to be prepared separately for stations and for BOQ of chartered utilities in a number of packages as decided by KMRL so as to facilitate KMRL to call construct only tenders in different contract packages (E&M works for Stations and E&M works for PD area).
  • DDC should keep in mind that they should provide best options, methodologies; strategies by way of value engineered and optimized design suited for the best interest of KMRL. Any new methodology proposed should be analysed properly in terms of time, cost, suitability, affordability, availability of the same locally.
  • Any detail, methodology, strategies, facilities adopted in the design without prior concurrence from KMRL discovered at any later stage causing damage, defect, incurring additional expenditure to exchequer, adversities, speculative bidding due to ulterior motives etc or deteriorating image and interests of KMRL, will attract penalty as determined by KMRL and should be corrected by DDC at their own time and expenses.
  • DDC shall use the statutory guidelines, local bodies requirements, standards, codes for preparation of design basis reports, detailed E&M project report, drawings for E&M, calculations, etc.
  • Unless otherwise stated, the E&M designs and execution shall comply with all applicable local regulations issued by the agencies listed below:
    • Indian Electricity Rules
    • Indian Electricity Act
    • National Building Code
    • Chief Inspector (Electrical), Govt. of Kerala
    • Central Pollution Control Board / Kerala Pollution Control Board
    • Kerala Fire Services
    • Kerala Public Works Department Central Public Works Department
    • KSEBL
    • Indian Railways
    • Municipal Bodies of Kochi
    • National Safety Council
  • Any requirements imposed by local agencies not listed above shall be incorporated into the designs. Local codes, regulations and standards shall take precedence where their standards or requirements are more onerous than other International standards.
  • DDC shall submit E&M design of Property Development area wherever required, including design of Building Services (Electrical, fire Detection & suppression, Air Conditioning, submission of drawings, BOQ, specifications, cost estimates, etc.).
  • The DDC shall prepare the Bills of Quantities, Special Conditions of Contract and Technical Specifications, including the Scope of Work and tender drawings.
  • During the detailed design stage and also the construction stage, the DDC shall incorporate any changes in designs arising out of site constraints, unforeseen conditions, interface requirements, etc. which are recommended to be incorporated by the Employer / Employer’s Representative. This shall include the revision and reissue of approved GFC drawings if necessary.
  • DDC shall provide design support during the construction stage to review the work for compliance with the original design and to carry out any design modifications required during construction, at no extra cost to the Employer.
  • The detailed designs shall strictly comply with the requirements as per all applicable codes, standards, manuals, guidelines and statutory provisions; and also the requirements as per approved Design Basis Report (DBR) and Schedule of Dimensions (SOD) for Kochi Metro Rail Project.
  • The DDC shall prepare detailed designs based on the requirements provided in this contract. The detailed design of the specified works and the incorporation of all interface requirements pertaining to other civil / architectural / systems components are the responsibility of the DDC.
  • The DDC shall remain totally committed to the overall integrity of the design, if necessary, actively seeking advice, information and clarification so as to avoid abortive work.
  • DDC shall review as-built drawings submitted by the contractors with respect to CRD/GFC/ Latest design Modifications on a continuous basis prior to the issuance of the Certificate of Completion by the Employer for the construction contract.
  • While reviewing the as-built drawings prepared by contractor and where there is deviation from CRD/GFC drawings prepared by DDC, the DDC shall check the integrity of the structure and suggest any remedial measures (if required).
  • The DDC shall perform all E&M design within the contractual provisions, including but not limited to the following:
    • Preparation of General arrangement drawings
    • Preparation of Design Basis Report
    • Preparation of Design criteria and Design report
    • Design modelling and analysis using softwares
    • Design calculations and checking using spreadsheets
    • Preparation of Good For Construction (GFC) drawings
    • Defining material specifications
    • Proposing the construction methodology

Work Experience:

  • The tenderers will be qualified only if they have successfully completed Detailed Design Consultancy (DDC) work(s) (including architectural, structural and E&M designs) for metro rail projects during the last 7 (seven) years ending on last day of the previous month of bid submission, as given below:
    • At Least 1 (one) work having consultancy fee value of Rs. 6.88 Crores or more, or
    • At Least 2 (two) works having consultancy fee value of Rs. 4.30 Crores or more, or
    • At Least 3 (three) works having consultancy fee value of Rs. 3.44 Crores or more.

Tender Documents and any additional information can be downloaded from website http://etenders.kerala.gov.in

Source: KMRL- Tender | Image Credit (representational): Kochi Metro