Back in late-October, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) re-invited tenders from construction companies to build Mumbai Metro Green Line’s Mogharpada Depot (Package CA-160).
This new train maintenance depot will support operations on the 35.2 km Line-4 & Line-4A which is under construction to connect Wadala – Kasaravadavali – Gaimukh through 34 stations.
Its first tender notice was launched in August 2020 with a 36 month deadline and Rs. 596.60 crore estimated construction cost. The tender was canceled in May 2021 prior to which MMRDA consistently pushed back its submission deadline via 14 corrigendums.
The new tender documents indicate the depot’s layout has drastically been altered with its footprint reduced from 41 to 35 hectares. While the contract duration remains the same at 36 months, the estimated cost has shot up to Rs. 711.34 crore.
Brief Scope: Construction of depot infrastructures comprising stabling yard, operational control centre and administrative building, maintenance and workshop buildings. auxiliary substation, staff quarters, architectural finishing, plumbing, earthworks for land development, compound wall, road approach, bridge connecting to depot, underground utility ducts, drainage system, design and build of ETP and STP, etc. including architectural finishing works and design and build of pre-engineered building structures of car depot at Mogharpada for Metro Line-4 and 4A of Mumbai Metro Rail Project of MMRDA
- Estimated Cost: Rs. 711.34 crore
- Period of Work: 36 months (3 years)
- Document Sale Start Date: October 21, 2022
- Document Sale End Date: December 12, 2022
- Bid Submission End Date: December 12, 2022 (5 PM)
This development comes on the heels of MMRDA’s tender notice for Line-5’s Kasheli Depot on a 27.13 hectare land parcel east of Thane.
Mogharpada Depot with double-decker sheds was planned as the largest metro depot in the city, slightly larger than the Yellow Line’s Mandale Depot. In its new avatar, it’ll consist of 16 stabling lines (SBLs) for 32 trains, with another 16 SBLs planned in the future. It’ll also consist of 5 inspection bay lines (IBL), with another 5 planned in the future.
The depot will initially house 39 x 6 trains (plus more in the future for Line-10 & Line-11). A Rs. 1853.28 crore contract for those trains was awarded to Bombardier (acquired by Alstom Transport) in March 2021 which pulled out in February 2022 citing delays in the execution of the line’s civil work.
There’s been an uptick in tendering activity since the new state government came into power which is highly encouraging. I reckon MMRDA will re-invite bids for the line’s rolling stock only after construction work begins on the depot. At this time I see commercial operations not starting anytime prior to 2025.
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