National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) has issued a Letter of Acceptance (LoA) to M/s Afcons Infrastructure Limited for Construction of Tunnelling works including testing and commissioning for double line High Speed Railway using Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) and New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) between Mumbai underground station at Bandra-Kurla Complex (MAHSR Km. 0.773) and Shilphata (MAHSR Km. 21.150) in the state of Maharashtra for the project for construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail.
- Tender Reference Number: MAHSR-C-2
- Name of Work: Construction of Tunnelling works including testing and commissioning for double line High Speed Railway using Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) and New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) between Mumbai underground station at Bandra-Kurla Complex (MAHSR Km. 0.773) and Shilphata (MAHSR Km. 21.150) in the state of Maharashtra for the project for construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail.
- Accepted Contract Amount: INR 6397,27,94,871.26/-
- Completion Period: 1888 Days
In September 2022, the NHSRCL invited a tender for Tender Number: MAHSR-C-2
Source of Fund:
- The Government of India has received a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) towards the cost of the Project for Construction of Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail. It is intended that part of the proceeds of this loan will be applied to eligible payments under this Contract for the Works as described in the title.
- The Government of India through National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) (hereinafter referred to as the Employer) now invites online Bids from eligible Bidders for the construction and completion of the Works as described in the title. International Competitive Bidding will be conducted in accordance with JICA’s Single Stage (“Two Envelope”) Bidding Procedure.
- The Eligible Nationality of the supplier(s) and/or contractor(s) for procurement of all goods, works and services shall be Japan and/or India in the case of the prime contractor. In case where the prime contractor is a joint venture, such joint venture shall be eligible provided that the nationality of the partners, both lead and other partner is Japan and/or India.
- With regard to above, the nationality of the supplier(s) and/or contractor(s) can be regarded as Japan (hereinafter referred to as the “Japanese Company”) if all of the following conditions are satisfied.
- Such supplier(s) and/or contractor(s) shall be nationals of Japan and/or juridical persons incorporated and registered in Japan, and have their appropriate facilities for producing or providing goods and services in Japan and actually conduct their business there.
- Notwithstanding (a) above, a juridical person incorporated in a country or area other than Japan that satisfies all of the following conditions can be regarded as the Japanese Company.
- It is a subsidiary included in the scope of consolidation and factored into the aggregated accounting figures of the consolidated financial statement of the Japanese Company made in accordance with the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan and the related ministerial ordinances; and
- It is registered in the country or area where it was incorporated, has its appropriate facilities for producing or providing goods and services there, and actually conducts its business therein. The nationality of the supplier(s) and/or contractor(s) can be regarded as India (hereinafter referred to as the “Indian Company”) if all of the following conditions are satisfied.
- Such supplier(s) and/or contractor(s) shall be nationals of India and/or juridical persons incorporated and registered in India, and have their appropriate facilities for producing or providing goods and services in India and actually conduct their business there.
- In the case of a juridical person, a majority of the subscribed shares shall be held by nationals of India or juridical persons incorporated and registered in India; and
- In the case of a juridical person, a majority of the full-time directors shall be nationals of India.
- Only the firms with Eligible Nationality as Japan or India can purchase the Bidding Documents. In order to establish compliance to this provision, the Intending Bidders shall be required to submit the Intending Bidder’s Information Form (Annexure-1 to IFB) along with the attachments specified in the Form.
- The effective term of this Agreement shall run for a six (6) year period from the date hereof, and thereafter automatically extended for successive period of one (1) year each, unless each Party shall have otherwise notified to the other Parties in writing at least one (1) month prior to the expiry of this Agreement or any extension thereof.
- Notwithstanding the above, the obligations of the Invitee in relation to the Confidential Information shall survive after the termination of this Agreement.
- Upon the termination of this Agreement, or at any time prior thereto upon the written request of the NHSRCL, the Invitee shall cease all use of and shall promptly return to the NHSRCL (at the expense of the Invitee), or shall promptly destroy in accordance with the reasonable instructions of the NHSRCL, all of the Confidential Information it received that is in tangible or electronic/digital form (including but not limited to originals, all summaries, copies and excerpts). In the event of its destruction, the Invitee shall destroy such Confidential Information by way of non-reusable.
About MAHSR Project:
- Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) Project is 508 Km long first High- Speed Rail (HSR) network planned to be constructed in India.
- Out of 508Km, 352 Km lies in the State of Gujarat (348 Km) and Dadra & Nagar Haveli (4Km) and the balance 156 Km lies in the State of Maharashtra.
- The Construction Work is in progress in both Gujarat and Dadra & Nagar Haveli where 98% and 100% land has been acquired respectively.
- In Gujarat, High Speed Rail alignment passes through eight districts i.e. Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Kheda and Ahmedabad and work is in progress in all the eight districts.
- In Maharashtra land acquisition done so far is 40%.
- The project will entail an investment of 72,000 Crs in the state of Gujarat in both Land & construction.
- So far an expenditure of 14,200 Crs has been done.
- The project will generate direct & indirect employment of 60,000 in Gujarat state.
- Bidders should log into the website well in advance for bid submission so that they can upload the bid in time i.e., on or before the bid submission time. Bidders will be responsible for any delay due to other issues.
- The Bidder shall upload their Bid on https://etenders.gov.in/eprocure/app using Class-III digital signature of authorised signatory only.
- Bidder has to select the payment option as “offline” to pay the tender fee/ cost to the bidding document/ Bid Security as applicable and enter details of the instrument.
- Bidders should prepare the Bid Security as per the instructions specified in the tender document. The original should be posted/couriered/given in person to the concerned official, latest by the deadline of bid submission or as specified in the tender documents.
- The details of the DD/any other accepted instrument, physically sent, should tally with the details available in the scanned copy and the data entered during bid submission time. Otherwise the uploaded bid shall be rejected.
- Bidders are requested to note that they should necessarily submit their Price Bid in the format specified and no other format is acceptable. Bidders are required to download the Price Bid (latest revision, if any) file, open it and complete the coloured (unprotected) cells with their respective financial quotes and other details (such as name of the Bidder). No other cells should be changed. Once the details have been completed, the Bidder should save it as .xls Document Type and submit it online, without changing the filename. If the Price Bid file is found to be modified by the Bidder, the bid shall be rejected.
- The server time (which is displayed on the bidders’ dashboard) will be considered as the standard time for referencing the deadlines for submission of the bids by the bidders, opening of bids etc. The bidders should follow this time during bid submission.
- All the documents being submitted by the bidders would be encrypted using PKI encryption techniques to ensure the secrecy of the data. The data entered cannot be viewed by unauthorised persons until the time of bid opening.
- The confidentiality of the bids is maintained using the secured Socket Layer 128-bit encryption technology. Data storage encryption of sensitive fields is done. Any bid document that is uploaded to the server is subjected to symmetric encryption using a system generated symmetric key. Further this key is subjected to asymmetric encryption using buyers/bid openers public keys.
- The uploaded bid documents become readable only after the bid opening by the authorised bid openers.
- Upon the successful and timely submission of bids (i.e. after Clicking “Freeze Bid Submission” in the portal), the portal will give a successful bid submission message & a bid summary will be displayed with the bid no. and the date & time of submission of the bid with all other relevant details.
- The bid summary has to be printed and kept as an acknowledgement of the submission of the bid. This acknowledgement may be used as an entry pass for any bid opening meetings.
Source: NHSRCL- Tender Update | Image Credit (representational): NHSRCL