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KPIL – Gulermak Awarded Kanpur Metro Line 2’s Underground Contract KNPCC-11


Kalpataru Projects International Ltd. (KPIL) – Gulermak JV on Thursday was awarded a Rs. 762.50 crore contract for the underground tunneling & construction work of 8.38 km Kanpur Metro Line-2’s Package KNPCC-11.

This approximately 4.08 km section of Line-2 (Agriculture University – Barra-8) will connect Agriculture Depot – Double Pullia Ramp via twin tunnels and 3 underground stations at Rawatpur, Kakadeo and Double Pullia.

KNPCC-11 is the third underground package of the 32.38 km Kanpur Metro Phase 1 project after Line-1’s KNPCC-05 (Chunniganj – Nayaganj) and KNPCC-06 (Nayaganj – Transport Nagar).

Copy of LOA

Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) had invited bids for this contract – the first of two for Line-2 – in February 2023 with a Rs. 1025 crore estimate and 30 month deadline.

Technical bids were opened in July to reveal 9 bidders, and financial bids were opened in October which saw KPIL – Gulermak JV emerging as the lowest bidder – see a list of all firms and their bid values here.

Brief Scope: Design and Construction of TBM Tunnel, Cut and Cover Tunnel, ramp after Double Pullia, ramps in Agriculture Depot for main line and depot connections and three underground metro stations (viz. Rawatpur, Kakadeo and Double Pullia) including Architectural finishes etc. on Corridor-2 of Kanpur MRTS Project at Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India india

Indicative route of Kanpur Metro Line-2’s underground section – view Kanpur Metro Phase 1 route map & information

This contract will be financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) through a €650 million (approx. Rs. 5661 crore) loan approved in July 2020.

This is the 1st of 2 civil packages of the city’s Line-2. The other package (KNPCC-12) consists of 2 disjointed elevated sections with 5 stations at Agriculture University Station, Vijay Nagar Chauraha Station, Shastri Chowk Station, Barra-7 Station & Barra-8. Bids for its construction were invited in November and the current technical bid opening date is January 9, 2024.

Coming back to KNPCC-11, with the contract now squared away – I expect basic groundwork (pre-construction activities) to start in Q1 2024, actual construction work in early Q2 2024, and tunneling works in mid 2025.

Like Phase 1’s other 2 underground sections on Line-1 (KNPCC-05 & KNPCC-06), UPMRC likely requires KPIL – Gulermak JV to use at least 2 tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for constructing 6 tunnels.

With Gulermak winning this, there’s a good possibility that we might see them re-using their Terratec machines TBM Tatya (S92) and TBM Nana (S93) from Package KNPCC-05 (Permat Ramp – Nayaganj) where they each have just one final tunneling assignment left. Whether that happens or not, we should find that out by the middle of 2024!

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