Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is the lowest bidder for the civil construction and system procurement contract of Hyderabad Metro’s 31 km Airport Express Line.
Per my industry sources, L&T was revealed as the preferred bidder in July-end when financial bids of L&T and NCC were opened. This development has now been confirmed by Eenadu website.
This semi high-speed rail line by Hyderabad Airport Metro Ltd. (HAML) along Hyderabad’s Outer Ring Road (ORR) will be developed under Hyderabad Metro’s Phase 2 project. It will connect Mindspace Junction with Rajiv Gandhi International (Shamshabad) Airport via 10 stations – 9 elevated and 1 underground.
Trains on this line will run on an elevated viaduct for 28.5 km and underground for 2.5 km at the airport within Hyderabad Aerocity. Trains operating at a maximum speed of 120 kmph are expected to cover the distance from Gachibowli to RGIA in 20 minutes.
HAML had invited bids for this contract in May 2023 with a Rs. 5688 crore estimate and 36 month deadline. 13 firms had participated in the pre-bid meeting held on June 15. Technical bids were opened in July to reveal 2 bidders – Larsen & Toubro and NCC.
I don’t have either firm’s financial bid values. If someone does, then leave a comment below or shoot me a message via the Contact page. I’d like to add it in here for record keeping.
Brief Scope: Design & Construction of Hyderabad Airport Express Metro Line from Raidurg Metro station to Shamshabad Airport Station (31 km) including Elevated Viaduct, 9 (nine) stations, E&M works, Track Works, supply and commissioning of Rolling Stock, Traction & Power Supply, Signaling & Telecommunications, AFC, etc. (link to tender notice)
10 stations (9 elevated & 1 underground) will be built at Mindspace, Raidurg, Biodiversity, Nanakramguda, Narasingi, TSPA Junction, Rajender Nagar, Shamshabad Junction, Airport Cargo and RGIA Terminal (only underground station).
Financial bids were evaluated by SYSTRA – RITES – DB Engineering JV (General Consultant) and HAML’s officers. I hear L&T’s bid has been recommended to the Telangana state government for the award of contract, and a ground breaking ceremony is planned to take place on September 11.
As mentioned in the past, the scope of this contract – with civil and systems work clubbed together – is unprecedented so I’m super curious to see who L&T partnered up with for various systems. For Hyderabad Metro’s 67 km Phase 1, L&T had signed up with Hyundai Rotem for rolling stock and Thales Group for its CBTC signaling system.
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