Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) this week invited tenders for the civil construction work of Bangalore Metro Blue Line’s Airport Depot.
This small train maintenance depot in Phase 2B (Airport Line) will serve the city’s new 57 km Blue Line, which along with Phase 2A (ORR Line), will connect Central Silk Board – KR Puram – Bengaluru International Airport.
The depot is also referred to as Doddajala Depot or Shettigere Depot. Per BMRCL’s August newsletter, a preliminary notice for acquiring an additional area of 12,576.619 sqm has been sent to the the government for approval.
This contract is being financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which approved a USD 500 million (approx. Rs 3680 crore) loan in December 2020.
- Estimated Cost: Rs. 204.68 crore
- Deadline / Period of Work: 548 Days
- Pre-bid Meeting: 30 September, 2022 at 11:30AM
- Bid Submission Start Date: 21 October, 2022
- Bid Submission End Date: 29 October, 2022
- Technical Bid Opening Date: 31 October, 2022
Brief Scope: Construction of Airport Depot for Bangalore Metro Rail Project-Phase-2B
Operations on the Blue Line will also be supported by the Purple Line’s operational Baiyappanahalli Depot which will be converted in a phased manner to serve the Blue Line in the future. Bids for its reconstruction / remodel were invited in August.
Back in September 2021, PADECO Co. Ltd. – Ardanuy India Pvt Ltd. JV was awarded both depots’ Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) contract valued at Rs. 3.94 crore.
As shared earlier – both depots will house 222 new coaches (37 x 6) as part of a 318 coach contract financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). A tender notice for their procurement is still pending, which is fine for the Blue Line but now terribly delays the start of operations on Phase 2 project’s 21.38 km Pink Line till at least 2025.
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