National High Speed Rail Corp. Ltd (NHSRCL) opened the technical bids for two packages on Friday for Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor. The first package is for the procurement and fabrication of 28 steel bridges for crossing over railway lines, rivers, highways, road crossings and other structures. The second package is for the design and construction of a nearly 88 km viaduct between Vadodara and Ahmedabad in Gujarat including the construction of an elevated high-speed rail station at Anand/Nadiad, 5 bridges and 25 crossings.
The bidders participating in the procurement and fabrication of 28 steel bridges include Tata Projects Ltd., Afcons Infrastructure Ltd., Braithwaite & Co. Ltd., Bridge & Roof Co. (India) Ltd., NCC Ltd., JMC Projects (India) Ltd. and Rahee Infratech Ltd., a consortium of ISGEC Heavy Engineering Ltd. and M & B Engineering Ltd., and a consortium of Larsen & Toubro-IHI Infrastructure Systems.
Bidders for the design and construction of 88 km viaduct and Anand/Nadiad station include a consortium of Afcons Infrastructure Ltd-IRCON International Ltd-JMC Projects India Ltd, consortium of NCC Ltd-Tata Project Ltd-J Kumar Infra Projects Ltd. and Larsen & Toubro Ltd.
It is estimated that about 70,000 million tonnes (MT) of steel will be used for the fabrication of 28 steel bridges. NHSRCL has already sensitised the steel industries to cater to such a huge demand for India’s first high-speed rail corridor.
With the opening of these bids, the technical bids covering 64 per cent (325 km out of 508 km) of the total MAHSR alignment including five HSR stations of Vapi, Billimora, Surat, Bharuch and Anand/Nadiad out of 12 stations and one train depot at Surat are under consideration. Earlier last week, NHSRCL had opened the technical bids for 237 km of the viaduct between Vapi and Vadodara in Gujarat including 4 elevated HSR stations and one train depot at Surat where all the three bidders comprising seven (7) leading Indian infrastructure companies had participated.