L&T bags largest civil works contract for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail corridor

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Financial bids for the design and construction of 237 km length of the viaduct for 508 km of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail corridor were opened on 19th October, 2020 and Larsen & Toubro Ltd is the lowest bidder.

Total of three bidders involving 7 (seven) major infrastructural companies had participated in the competitive bidding, and other bidders were:

  • Afcons Infrastructure Limited – IRCON International Limited – JMC Projects India Ltd- Consortium
  • NCC Limited – Tata Project Ltd.- J. Kumar Infra Projects Ltd. – HSR Consortium

The technical bids for this tender were opened on 23rd September 2020 and in less than one month the financial bids have also been opened, after rigorous evaluation of technical bids.

Additional details:

This tender covers about 47% of total alignment of 508 km, between Vapi (Zaroli Village at Maharashtra- Gujarat Border) and Vadodara in the state of Gujarat. This includes four (04) stations namely Vapi, Billimora, Surat and Bharuch, and Surat Depot.

  • This entire section is in Gujarat State where more than 83% of the land has been acquired for the project.
  • The MAHSR project alone will create more than 90,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction of the project. 
  • Not just the employment market but production and manufacturing market are also expected to gain with the project. 
  • It is estimated that close to 75 lakh MT of cement, 21 lakh MT of steel, and 1.4 lakh MT of structural steel will be used in the construction and all of which shall be produced in India. 
  • In addition to this, large construction machinery is another market that will gain big time through the project.

About MAHSR:

The first High Speed Rail corridor to be implemented in the Country, with technical and financial assistance of Government of Japan, has been identified from Mumbai to Ahmedabad.

  • With a total twelve stations in the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the corridor will have a length of 508.17 Km.
  • Where high speed rail will cover 155.76 kms in the state of Maharashtra (7.04 Kms in Mumbai sub-urban, 39.66 kms in Thane district & 109.06 kms in Palghar district), 4.3 kms in union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and 348.04 kms in the state of Gujarat.
  • High speed rail will cover total 12 stations namely Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, (in Maharashtra), Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati (in Gujarat). 
  • Where a limited stop (in Surat & Vadodara) service will cover this distance in 1 hr. and 58 mins and all stops service will take 2 hr. 57 min to cover this distance.
  • High speed rail will be operating at a speed of 320 Km/hr at an elevated (10 to 15 m) track above the ground on a viaduct all along except 26 kms in Mumbai, which will be underground. 
  • All stations will be elevated except Bandra Kurla Complex station (Mumbai), which will be underground.

Source: NHSRCL-Press Release | Image Credit (representational): NHSRCL

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