NCC Wins Bangalore Metro Airport Line’s Construction Work

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NCC Ltd. today emerged as the lowest bidder to construct all 3 packages of Bangalore Metro’s 37 km Airport Line (Blue Line) which will link Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) to KR Puram.

These 3 elevated packages of the Bangalore Metro Phase 2B project range from 11 to 15 kms and consist of 15 out of the 17 stations planned on the line.

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) had invited tenders for construction in July 2020 with a completion deadline of 24 – 27 months. Technical bids were opened in June 2021 to reveal 5 bidders had submitted a total of 12 bids.

Package 1

Financial Bid Values:

Firm Bid (Rs. Crore)
NCC 739.04
SNC – CVCC JV 753.86
Afcons 842.55
  • BMRCL’s Estimate: 639.95 crore
  • Completion Period: 27 months
  • Length: 11.003 km
  • Tender: Phase 2B/P2/69(a)
  • Scope: Construction of elevated structure (viduct & stations) of length 11.003 km (including 281.000m of viaduct beyond Phase 2A) from Chainage 0.000 m to 10072.000m and eight elevated metro stations viz. Kasturi Nagar, Horamavu, HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar, HBR Layout, Nagawara, Veerannapalya and Kempapura, including 650.00m link line connectivity to Baiyappanahalli, road widening, utility diversion and allied works of Bengaluru Metro Rail Project Phase-2B

Package 2

Financial Bid Values:

Firm Bid (Rs. Crore)
NCC 747.99
SNC – CVCC JV 760.16
Afcons 811.16
GR Infra 858.73
  • Estimate: 645.30 crore
  • Completion Period: 24 months
  • Length: 11.678 km
  • Tender: Phase 2B/P2/69(b)
  • Scope: Construction of elevated structures (viduct & stations) of length 11.678 km from chainage 10072.00m to 21500.000m and five elevated metro stations viz. Hebal, Kodigehalli, Jakkur Cross, Yelahanka and Bagalur Cross, including 250m pocket track, road widening, utility diversion and allied works of Bengaluru Metro Rail Project Phase-2B

Package 3

Financial Bid Values:

Firm Bid (Rs. Crore)
NCC 680.21
SNC – CVCC JV 692.27
Afcons 809.11
GR Infra 826.93
ITD Cem Disqualified
  • Estimate: 620.88 crore
  • Completion Period: 24 months
  • Length: 15.011 km
  • Tender: Phase 2B/P2/69(c)
  • Scope: Construction of elevated structures (viaduct & stations) of length 15.011 km from chainage 21500.000m to 36511.000m and two elevated metro stations viz. Bettahalasuru and Doddajala, including road widening utility diversion and allied works of Bengaluru Metro Rail Project Phase-2B. This length include approx 718.18m cut & cover portion in front of Yelahanka Air Force Station.
Route of Bangalore Metro’s Airport Line with key stations marked – view Bangalore Metro Phase 2 info & route map with all stations

I’m surprised to see ITD got disqualified. NCC’s bids were still 15.46%, 15.91% and 9.55% higher than BMRCL’s estimate for each package which makes the award of contracts tricky, especially for packages 1 & 2 which are closer to the city.

BMRCL will definitely invite NCC’s management for negotiations in the coming weeks and I’m curious to see its outcome. I don’t see this heading into a time consuming retender, but you never know.

NCC’s prior experience in Bangalore includes building the Green Line’s 5.799 km Yelachenahalli – Silk Institute extension of Phase 2 which opened in January 2021. Some minor civil work to connect with Anjanapura Depot is still underway.

Coming back to Phase 2B, tender notices are still pending for the following packages:

  1. Doddajala Depot (“Airport Depot”) at Trumpet Interchange
  2. Augmentation of Baiyapanahalli Depot
  3. Construction of Sky Garden and KIA Terminals stations (from BIAL)

1 and 2 might be combined into one civil package as they’ll have 1 Detailed Design Consultant.

For more updates, check out the Bangalore Metro section or my Home Page!

– TMRG





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