5 consulting firms have submitted bids to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for 13.14 km Zoji La Tunnel’s 2nd tube after National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDC) opened technical bids on Tuesday.
This project on NH-1 will connect Ganderbal in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and Drass in Ladakh at a height of 11,575 feet (3,528 m) above sea level. The project aims to ensure all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Sonmarg and Kargil in Ladakh.
NHIDC had invited tenders for this consultancy contract in January 2023 with an unknown estimate and 300 day completion deadline.
- Centro de Estudios de Materiales y Control de Obra, SA.
- Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd.
- Pini Group SA
- RITES Ltd.
- TUMAS Turkish Engineering Consulting & Contracting Inc. Co.
Brief Scope: Consultancy Services for Feasibility Study, Preparation of Detailed Project Report and providing pre-construction services for Construction of 2nd Tube Uni-directional Zojila Tunnel (13.14 km) in the under UT of Jammu and Kashmir
The bids have now been sent for technical evaluation which can take a couple months to complete. When that is done, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened to reveal who’s the lowest bidder and most likely consultant.
The 1st tunnel or tube’s foundation stone was laid in May 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Its civil construction contract was originally awarded to Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) which went bankrupt. In 2020, NHIDCL re-tendered the project and awarded its contract to Megha Engineering & Infrastructure (MEIL).
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