MRIDC to appoint Consultant for Proof Checking of Indian Railways Standard Specifications & Design parameters for various components of High Speed Rail line

In continuation to the tender for construction of ROBs at 5 location, the Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (MRIDC) has now invited Global Expression of Interest (GEoI) from Foreign/Multinational Indian Consultant/Firms/Agencies for “Providing Consultancy Services in connection with Proof Checking of Indian Railways Standard Specifications, Guidelines & Design parameters for various components of Broad Gauge Railway Line for its suitability for Running of High Speed Passenger Trains upto 250 KMPH & suggesting modifications required, if any and Association during implementation of project as Technical Advisory Body / Consultant, if required by MRIDC”.

  • Start Date of downloading GEOI documents/ Application Form: 15/04/2021
  • Last Date of submission of application: 30/04/2021

About MRIDC:

  • Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (MRIDC), is a joint venture of Govt. of Maharashtra and Ministry of Railways for implementation of various Railway Projects in the territory of Maharashtra in India. 
  • The aim of setting up this Joint Venture Govt., Company is to provide a boost to the Rail Infrastructure Projects in the Maharashtra State on the principle of cooperative federalism. 
  • The aim of the company is to take a leap forward in implementing railway related infra projects. There are several regions in Maharashtra State, having long pending demands for construction of new Railway lines, Gauge Conversion, Doubling of Rail Line & Construction of Road Over Bridges. 
  • MRIDC is aiming to complete the above-mentioned task with best possible solutions in the shortest possible time. 
  • Hence, MRIDC is intended to shortlist and approve the experienced and renowned Consultants to complete the work on fast track

Purpose of Inviting GEoI:

  • The purpose of inviting this GEoI is to empanel eligible Foreign or Multinational Indian Firms/Agency/Consultant having experience / capability in Design of various components of Railway Line including Bridges and providing Technical Advisory Services / Consultancy Services for Railway Projects. 
  • MRIDC is implementing a Broad gauge rail line project between PUNE-NASIK for a route length of about 234 KM. The freight trains as well as passenger trains are planned to run on this system. 
  • Freight trains having axle load of 25T at maximum speed of 110Kmph and IR Passenger trains with axle load of 17T will run at a maximum speed of 160Kmph. In addition to this, MRIDC has also planned to run a Broad gauge semi-high speed EMU (Electric multiple unit) at a speed of 200Kmph initially, to be increased to 250 Kmph after withdrawal of freight trains from system at a later stage, after getting the additional passenger traffic potential. 
  • All the Indian Railways Standard Specifications, Guidelines & Design parameters for various components of Railway Line are to be proof checked for Passenger trains having 17T axle load with speed potential of 250 KMPH and suggest any modifications / recommendations, if required and also associate during implementation of project as Technical Advisory Body / Consultant, if required by MRIDC. 

Scope of Work For Contract Awarded To Empanelled Consultant/Firm/Agency: 

  • Consultancy services is to be provided for the following components of High Speed / Semi High Speed Railway Network / Corridors: 
    • Railway Embankment & Formation.
    • Transverse Section & Track Structure.  
    • Railway Track Ballast.  
    • Overhead Equipment.  
    • Signalling and Telecommunication.  
    • Various Bridges.  
  • Discussing details with MRIDC and to carry out detailed study of all the relevant Indian Railways Standard Specifications and Design Parameters for various components of Railway lines. 
  • Concept plan as per finalised design in consultation with MRIDC and preparation and submission of Detailed Analytical Report.  
  • The design specifications of Indian Railways need to be checked with respect to prevailing UIC and other Codes used for the Railway Lines and Bridges for High Speed Trains. 
  • Check the suitability of the Standard Specifications and Design Parameters of Indian Railways for various components of Indian Railway Lines to cater Passenger trains having Speed Potential upto 250 KMPH and provide with appropriate detailed explanations and analysis carried out. 
  • If the Standard Specifications and Design Parameters of Indian Railways for various components of Railway Lines are not suitable for Passenger trains with Speed Potential of 250 KMPH then suitable up-gradation, modification and customization shall be provided by the consultant to suit the Indian Railway condition for satisfactory functioning of Passenger trains with speed Potential upto 250 KMPH.
  • Copy of Standard Drawings of Indian Railways will be made available while awarding the contracts. 
  • Any other or all services not specifically mentioned herein but required for the proper and successful completion of the project in accordance with RDSO standards including Indian Railway Specifications or Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) etc. or as specified by MRIDC, whether applicable. 
  • Consultant will arrange to provide all relevant specifications and standards that may be required for enabling Railway / RDSO / MRIDC take or accept decision pertaining to Works or System. 
  • Consultant shall also be responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the work. Mere acceptance by MRIDC shall not relieve consultants of their professional obligations to correct at their own cost any errors in their work. 
  • The detailed methodology of required modifications to be carried out for various components of Railway Line should be provided. 
  • The Consultant will be required to give presentations of the detailed methodology to Railway / RDSO / MRIDC for acceptance of the analysis, designs & modifications submitted by Consultant for  getting the authentication / approvals from Railway/Approving Authority. 
  • The Consultant’s representatives presence is mandatory for presentations on the design and specifications submitted by Consultant, their association / visits to Ministry of Railways / RDSO / MRIDC offices is required till the approval process is complete. 
  • Modifications / corrections required if any, also needs to be carried out by the Consultant for approval and acceptance by Approving Authorities. 
  • The Consultant may be required to effect some modifications in the design/drawings as per the conditions encountered at site during the execution of the work or to produce design/drawing related solutions to problems which may arise during various stages as and when so necessitated and directed by MRIDC. 
  • The Design consultant shall take utmost care to provide economical and safe design for various components of High Speed / Semi High Speed Railway Network / Corridors duly keeping in view the requirement as per various codes and standard practices of Indian Railways.

The “Global  Expression  of Interest” (hereinafter referred to as “GEoI”) document can be downloaded free of Cost from MRIDC’s official website i.e. 

About Pune-Nashik Semi High-Speed Rail Line:

In March this year, the Maharashtra Cabinet approved the proposed Greenfield Semi High Speed Railway Double Line with electrification between Pune and Nashik. The much-awaited Pune-Nashik Semi-High speed Rail Line would bring down travel time between two cities from present 06 hours to 01 hour 45 mins boosting passenger and freight movements.

  • The Semi High Speed Trains will initially have 06 coaches designed to run at speed of 200 Km/Hr with future increment up to 250 Km/Hr on the Broad-Gauge line.
  • The number of coaches will increase to 12 and then to 16.
  • Thus, it will facilitate the creation of the Mumbai-Pune-Nashik golden triangle as an emerging economic hub.
  • Earlier MRIDC had received “In Principal Approval” (IPA) from Ministry of Railways on 02.06.2020 and approval from Central Railway on 10.02.2020 for implementing Greenfield Semi-High Speed Broad Gauge Double Line between Pune and Nashik.
  • The entire cost of the project has been pegged at Rs 16,039 Crore (including taxes) on Debt:Equity of 60:40 basis; wherein Government of Maharashtra and Ministry of Railway shall contribute equity of 20% each of the project cost.
  • While remaining 60% will be raised from the Domestic Financial Institution.
  • MahaRail has estimated to complete the project in 1200 days from the date of its financial closure.

Source: MRIDC-Tender