Metros Tenders

UMTC & Aarvee Win MRTS Feasibility Contracts for Salem, Trichy & Tirunelveli


Aarvee Associates Architects Engineers and Consultants and Urban Mass Transit Company in late-June emerged as the lowest bidders to prepare Feasibility Study Reports for mass rapid transit systems (MRTS) in Salem, Tiruchirappalli & Tirunelveli.

Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) had invited bids for each city’s contract in February 2022 with a 122 day deadline. Technical bids were opened in April to reveal 6 bidders.

Note: None of the 6 companies bid for all 3 cities’ contracts.

Salem – Bid Values

Firm Bid (Rs. Lakh)
Aarvee Associates 38.29
L&T Infrastructure Engineering 53.60
RITES Ltd. 65.40

Tiruchirappalli – Bid Values

Firm Bid (Rs. Lakh)
Urban Mass Transit Company 37.40
Aarvee Associates 39.38
L&T Infrastructure Engineering 50.56
Rina Consulting SpA 56.78

Tirunelveli – Financial Bid Values

Firm Bid (Rs. Lakh)
Urban Mass Transit Company 35.42
Balaji Railroad Systems 54.89

Contract: 2021- DFR for Tier II Cities

CMRL’s Brief Scope: Selection of Consultant for Preparation of Feasibility Study Report for Introducing a Mass Rapid Transit System in Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Salem City

UMTC & Aarvee Win MRTS Feasibility Contracts for Salem, Trichy & Tirunelveli

CMRL’s estimate for each contract is unknown, so I can’t provide an assessment on the feasibility (ha!) of contracts getting awarded.

Scope for the selected consultant includes:

  • To collect and examine available reports of previous studies, plans, CMP Report and other related with transportation scenario
  • To collect primary transport network inventory data along with utilities within the Project Influence Area.
  • To collect all the secondary information such as development plans, public transport routes.
  • To conduct a review of the current situation in order to establish the existing condition and capacity of the public transport system.

As I mentioned in the past, building a heavy-rail metro system in these tier 3 cities would be an overkill. Barring the main arterial thoroughfare in each town, perhaps even a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system (like Delhi Metrolite) will be an overkill too.

Back in September 2021, SYSTRA was awarded a similar multi-city DPR contract in Gujarat for Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar.

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