Eight firms have submitted bids to construct the 28.92 km Package 17 of the roughly 650 km Delhi – Amritsar – Katra (DAK) Expressway after National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) opened technical bids on Wednesday.
This 4 lane (expandable to 8) greenfield project’s Phase 1 consists of 12 packages for the 397.71 km Delhi – Gurdaspur section and 3 packages for the 99 km Nakodar – Amritsar spur.
Package 17 in Jammu & Kashmir is part of Phase 2 connecting Gurdaspur – Pathankot – Jammu – Katra. It consists of 2 disjointed parts – a 13.3 km brownfield section of NH-44 which will be upgraded between Kunjwani and Sidhra and a 15.62 km greenfield section between Domel and Katra.
NHAI invited bids for its construction in January 2022 under Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) model with a 730 day (2 year) deadline.
- Adani Enterprises Ltd.
- APCO Infratech Pvt Ltd.
- Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon Pvt. Ltd.
- Gawar Construction Ltd.
- HG Infra Engineering Ltd.
- Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Ltd.
- Montecarlo Ltd.
- Vishwa Samudra Engineering Private Ltd.
Brief Scope: Development of 4-6-lane Access Control Exp. from Design Chainage Km515.000-Km528.300 (Kunjwani to Sidhra Section of NH-44) and from Design Chainage Km550.900-Km566.520 (Domel to Katra Section) on HAM under BMP in the UT of JK.(Phase-II-PKG-XVII)
The bids have now been sent for technical bid evaluation which can take a couple months to complete. When that is done, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened to reveal who’s the lowest bidder and most likely contractor.
A tender notice for Package 13’s construction near Gurdaspur is still pending. A list of this expressway’s 17 packages and their contractors / status can be viewed here.
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