The National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) opened Financial Bids for Procurement and Fabrication of 28 steel bridges for crossing over railway lines, rivers, highways, road and other structures (P-4 Package) for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor, on 18th December, 2020.
- Larson & Toubro – IHI Infrastructure Systems (Consortium) is the lowest bidder.
- This is a consortium of Indian and Japanese companies.
- Total 8 bidders had participated in the bid and only the following 04 were qualified after technical evaluation.
- Tata Projects Ltd.
- Afcons Infrastructure Ltd.
- NCC Ltd.
- Larsen & Toubro – IHI Infrastructure Systems Consortium
- It is estimated that about 70,000 MT of Steel will be used for the fabrication of these steel bridges and Indian Steel industries and their allied supply chains will get a big boost.
- NHSRCL has already sensitized the steel industries to cater such a huge demand for India’s first High Speed Rail corridor.
- NHSRCL has already awarded civil contracts for the construction of 64% of MAHSR alignment which includes five (5) HSR stations (Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Anand/Nadiad, Train depot at Surat and One Mountain Tunnel of 350 metres.
The first High Speed Rail corridor to be implemented in the Country, with technical and financial assistance of the 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 a total 12 stations namely Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, (in Maharashtra), Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati (in Gujarat).
- 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 the 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.
Source: NHSRCL-Press Release | Image Credit: NHSRCL