MEIL – HCC Wins Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train BKC Station’s Work
Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Ltd. – Hindustan Construction Company JV today emerged as the lowest bidder to construct Bandra Kurla Complex Station of the 508.17 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR Bullet Train).
This terminus station of the 1.03 km long Package C1 will be built using the cut and cover method between chainage -0.255 to 0.775. The 467m long station area within it will have 6 platforms of 425m length to accommodate 16 coach bullet trains.
India’s National National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) had had re-invited bids for BKC Station’s civil construction in July 2022 with an unknown estimate and 1638 day (4.48 year) completion timeframe. Technical bids were opened in November to reveal 4 bidders.
Financial Bid Values
|Firm||Bid (Rs. Crore)|
|MEIL – HCC JV||3681|
|Afcons Infrastructure Ltd.||4217|
|Larsen & Toubro (L&T)||4590|
|J. Kumar Infraprojects Ltd. (JKIL)||Disqualified (Fin Bid Not Opened)|
IFB Number: Package No. MAHSR-C-1
Brief Scope: Design and Const. of Civil and Buildings Works on Design-Build Lump Sum Price basis for Double Line High Speed Railway for Mumbai Underground Station, Cut and Cover Tunnel and Shaft-1 from MAHSR Km. -0.255 to Km. 0.775 at BKC in Maharashtra
The station box will consist of 3 levels – service floor, concourse and platform at a depth of 24m below ground level.
The assigned contractor for BKC Station will also be required to build a tunnel boring machine (TBM) retrieval shaft on the eastern-end. This is where TBMs used in Package C2 will complete their underground journey.
Without NHSRCL’s estimate, I can’t provide an assessment of how MEIL-HCC JV’s bid is placed. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out. If the bid falls within NHSRCL’s estimate, then we should see MEIL-HCC JV starting preliminary construction work in Q2 2023 and actual construction work in Q4 2023.
With this development, the likely contractor for 1 of 3 civil packages in Maharashtra is now known. 20.377 km Package C2 and 135.450 km Package C3’s technical bids are currently planned to be opened on January 20 and March 1, 2023 respectively.
A list of all bullet train civil and system packages and their status can be viewed here.
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