SYSTRA S.A. – SYSTRA MVA Consulting (India) Pvt. Ltd. JV on Thursday emerged as the preferred & lowest bidder for Kochi Metro Phase 2’s General Consultant (GC) contract.
But there’s a twist to the tale. Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) just hours ago (Friday evening) scrapped the tendering process as SYSTRA’s bid was significantly higher – by 59% – than their original estimate.
This consultancy contract by KMRL is the second significant pre-construction contract for Phase 2 which will feature a 11.2 km new elevated corridor, named Pink Line, with 11 stations connecting JLN Stadium – Kakkanad – Infopark (Smart City).
KMRL had invited tenders for it in November 2022 with a Rs. 31 crore estimate and expects the assigned GC to be onboard for 1095 days (3 years). Technical bids were opened in February to reveal 8 bidders.
SYSTRA on Thursday had won the contract based on the QCBS (Quality and Cost Based Selection) basis with a two stage process getting adopted for evaluating proposals. They scored the highest technical score and submitted the lowest financial bid.
Technical Bid Evaluation Results
|Louis Berger JV||85.50|
|AYESA – Aarvee JV||78.77|
|DB – BARSYL JV||74.77|
|TYPSA – STUP – PEMS JV||72.00|
|PADECO – Altinok – Marsway JV||56.00 (Disqualified)|
|MM – SMEC – PINI JV||Disqualified|
|RINA – ICT JV||Disqualified|
Financial Bid Values
|Firm||Bid (Rs. Crore)|
|Louis Berger JV||52.98|
|DB – BARSYL JV||59.99|
|TYPSA – STUP – PEMS JV||68.95|
|AYESA – Aarvee JV||86.11|
Brief Scope: General Consultant (GC) for Phase- II Corridor from JLN Stadium to Infopark via Kakkanad of Kochi Metro Rail Project
Pink Line’s 11 stations will come up at Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium (new station box next to Blue Line), Palarivattom Junction, Palarivattom Bypass, Chembumukku, Vazhakkala, Padamughal (formerly Kunnumpuram), Kakkanad Junction, Cochin SEZ (Special Economic Zone), Chittethukara, KINFRA (formerly Rajagiri), and InfoPark / Smart City (connected to Kochi Water Metro).
With the tendering process cancelled, bids will have to be re-invited for the 3rd time with an adjusted estimate. This may take a while, so stay tuned!
Prior to this KMRL had appointed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for Phase 1 (Aluva to Petta) and Aarvee Associates for Phase 1B (SN Junction to Thripunithura)’s PMC roles.
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