The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has shortlisted 29 contractors for the three packages of the 22-km Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL). The authority has shortlisted seven contractors each for the first two packages and 15 for the third package. The shortlisted bidders include Larsen and Toubro (L&T), HCC, Shapoorji Pallonji, Daweoo Engineering, Afcons Infrastructure, IL&FS Transportation Networks, China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Company, Simplex Infrastructures, Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company, and NCC Limited. They will have to give Request for Proposal (RFP) by April 5.
A consortium of Reliance Infrastructure and Russian company Volgomost, which had filed Request for Quotation last year, did not figure in any of the shortlists. This was the second time after 2008 that Reliance Infrastructure filed a bid for the project. It had emerged as the lowest bidder by quoting a concession period of nine years and 11 months for the project. On the other hand, Reliance Industries Limited had quoted a concession period of 75 years.
MTHL is expected to decongest Mumbai and connect the city to Navi Mumbai and provide direct access to Navi Mumbai, New International Airport and a gateway to Pune Expressway and southern India.