NHSRCL invites tenders for carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment study for Varanasi-Howrah High Speed Rail corridor

In continuation to the tender for Final Alignment design including Aerial LiDAR survey, the National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) has now invited online open e-tenders for the work “Carrying Out Environmental Impact Assessment Study / Field Work and Preparation of Environment Impact Assessment Report & Environment Management Plan for Varanasi-Howrah High Speed Rail Corridor (About 760 Kms Long)”.

  • Contract Package No.: NHSRCL/CO/CA/EIA/2021/03
  • Tender Security: INR 2,65,900/-
  • Completion period of the Work: 6 months
  • Pre Bid Meeting Date: 09-Feb-2021
  • Document Download / Sale Start Date: 02-Feb-2021
  • Document Download / Sale End Date: 22-Feb-2021
  • Bid Submission Start Date: 15-Feb-2021
  • Bid Submission End Date: 22-Feb-2021
  • Bid Opening Date: 23-Feb-2021

Employer’s Requirement:


National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) (the “Employer”), a company incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013 with an object to finance, construct, maintain and manage the High Speed Rail Corridor in India. The Company has been modelled as ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ in the joint sector with equity participation by the Central Government through the Ministry of Railways and two State Governments viz. Government of Gujarat and Government of Maharashtra.

Alignment of the proposed corridor is generally planned within and/or along the Right of Way (ROW) of existing/planned Highway/Expressway and/or Railways land, keeping in view the speed and constructability requirements of the High-Speed Rail Project. Expected ROW of the main line (excluding facilities) will be approx. 17.5 m ± 5 m depending on project requirement.

Scope of Services:

The main tasks envisaged under this work includes:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment Study and Preparation of Environment Impact Assessment Report and Environment Management & Monitoring Plan: This will broadly include: Carrying out necessary surveys/investigations and establishing a credible baseline for one complete season except monsoon; carrying out stakeholder consultations as per guidelines of MoEF&CC and World Bank; Assessment of impacts due to project; Preparation of commensurate management, monitoring, mitigation plans; Preparation of cost estimates (including rate analysis) and other inputs for the EMP following the guidelines of World Bank and; Ensure/facilitate appropriate disclosure of documents.
  • Preparation of necessary documents, forms, applications, maps and studies as required for obtaining various applicable permissions required from ministries / authorities like Ministry of Forest, Ministry of Environment & climate Change, Wildlife Department, Specified Zones etc. including preparation of work flow chart with timelines, fee requirement by concerned authorities for each of the clearance required for project development.
  • Collection of Primary and secondary data, and the extent to which it is to be collected on either side of the ROW shall be guided by relevant Government/funding agency guidelines or good industrial practices as accepted by concerned authorities, in case relevant Government/funding agency guidelines are not available. The number of samples for monitoring, data collection, study area and other parameters mentioned in the TOR are indicative, relevant Government/funding agency guidelines shall be applicable.

Environmental Impact Assessment Study and Preparation of Environment Impact Assessment Report and Environment Management & Monitoring Plan:

The Contractor shall carry out the environmental impacts assessment study to understand the environmental impacts due to this project and prepare and submit the EIA Report containing mitigation measures and environment management & monitoring plan along with costs in a manner consistent with guidelines & policy of World Bank/ADB/JICA and in line with the applicable laws & regulations of the Government of India and concerned State Governments.

Objective of Assignment:

The overall objective of carrying out Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) is to assist NHSRCL in identifying environment and social impacts; prepare commensurate management plans to mitigate the identified issues and; ensure that the proposed works are designed and constructed in line with the regulations made by Govt. of India, State Governments and guidelines of the World Bank.

Tender documents may be downloaded from CPPP site https://etenders.gov.in/eprocure/app.

Source: NHSRCL-Tender