Metros Tenders

Bids Invited for Chennai Metro Phase 2 & Line-4’s Final Section


Besides Package UG-02, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) yesterday also invited tenders (bids) for the construction of Package UG-01 – the easternmost underground section of the city’s new 26.09 km Line-4 (Light House – Poonamallee Bypass).

This 5.15 km section with twin tunnels connects Bharathidasan Road Station to Light House Station through 5 stations. This package includes the construction of four of them at Bharathidasan Road, Alwarpet, Kutchery Road and Light House. Construction of Thirumayilai Station (interchange of Line-3 and Line-4) will be carried out through Line-3’s Package UG-04. A station planned at Foreshore Road is no longer in the works.

This is the 17th and final tender notice for main-line civil work on the 118.9 km Chennai Metro Phase 2 project, 4th and final one for Line-4, and the 2nd and final one for its 10.13 km underground section (Light House – Power House Ramp).

Tender No.: CMRL/CON/PHASE-II/C4-UG-01/2021

  • Deadline: 48 months (4 years)
  • Pre-Bid Meeting: April 6, 2021 at 11:00 hours
  • Bid Submission End Date: June 18, 2021 up to 15:00 Hrs
  • Technical Bid Opening Date: June 18, 2021 at 17:00 Hrs

Brief Scope: Construction of underground stations at Light House, Kutchery Road, Alwarpet, Bharathidasan Road including underground stabling yard and cross over at Light House Station and associated twin tunnel, project start from chainage 0+001m to end chainage 5+150m (down line)

CMRL’s official Phase 2 map with my edits showcasing this package between Bharathidasan Road Station to Light House Station – view Phase 2 info & route map

As shared earlier – Line-4’s 10.13 km underground section (Light House – Power House Ramp) will be financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through a $780 million (approx. Rs. 5890 crore) loan.

With today’s development – on the civil side – all tender notices have been published for the main-line’s construction work. Tender notices are now pending for Line-3 and Line-5’s combined Madhavaram Depot and system-works.

Here’s a status of Line-4 (west to east):

Package Contractor / Status
Line-4: Package C4-ECV-02 – 7.945 km elevated section with 9 stations from Porur Junction to Poonamalle Bypass Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is lowest bidder
Line-4 & 5: Package C4-ECV-01 – 7.955 km elevated section with 9 stations from Power House to Porur Junction Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is lowest bidder
Line-4: Package C4-UG-02 – 4.877 km underground section with 5 stations from Power House Ramp to Boat Club Bids Invited February 18
Line-4: Package C4-UG-01 – 5.15 km underground section with 4 stations from Bharathidasan Road to Light House Bids Invited February 18 (this post)

A list of all Chennai Metro Phase 2 tenders (civil, systems) and their status can be viewed here.

Chennai Metro Phase 2’s very first tender notice was out in January 2020, so CMRL has been able to wrap up the 1st basic step of the tendering process in just 13 months. In comparison, Delhi Metro Phase 4’s 1st tender notice was out in July 2019 and notices for 4 civil packages are still pending. Bangalore Metro Phase 2’s 1st tender notice was out in June 2014 and the very last one for its underground section was out in June 2017.

From here on, things will move to opening technical bids, evaluating those bids and finally opening financial bids to find out the contractor for each. Here’s to hoping there are no hiccups along the way!

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Hat-tip: Nisanth


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