Kerala government agency Vizhinjam International Seaport (VISL), which is implementing the proposed deepwater container transhipment port at Vizhinjam, hopes to complete the bidding process connected with the project by April, 2014.
The government is adopting a two-stage bidding process. The first is a qualification stage, which it began on recently with the release of one tender inviting requests for qualification (RFQ) from parties interested in taking up the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for constructing the breakwater and associated berths, and another calling for RFQ to participate in the project as the port operator.
VISL would receive queries connected with the bidding process involved in the first and second tenders till January 2, and January 3 respectively. There would be separate pre-application conferences with the parties interested in the tenders on January 7 and 9 respectively.
The Kerala government would communicate its responses to the queries on the bidding process by January 10 and January 13 respectively. There would be time till January 21 to submit the applications in the case of the first RFQ tender and January 22 in the case of the second.
Within a fortnight from the last day of submitting applications, the VISL/State government would announce the names of the applicants shortlisted for taking part in the second stage of the bidding process, or the Â‘bid stageÂ’.