Vijayawada Metro| Metro rail deadline extended for tenders

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Vajayawada: The Metro Rail project is likely to be delayed as the prospective bidders have requested for extension of deadline. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which is supposed to open the tenders in the first week of December, extended the deadline up to December 29 following their request.

The DMRC has extended the deadline four times till now for want of response and requests from the prospective bidders. According to information, the bidders are taking up surveys and studies on their own. The DMRC officials, however, are tight-lipped in this regard.

According to sources, Tata, Nagarjuna Constructions, Afcons and URC have evinced interest in taking up the project. The DMRC has already conducted a pre-bid meeting.

The DMRC has planned to construct two corridors in the city at a cost of Rs. 6,823 crore. The 26-km metro project is expected to be completed by 2018. As many as 24 stations will come up on the two corridors – Penamaluru to PNBS and Nidamanuru to PNBS. The DMRC has set the ball rolling for the Vijayawada Metro Project by calling e-tenders in two parts for the PNBS – Nidamanur corridor in September. The works include architectural finishing, water supply, sanitary installation and drainage works. Both the works are to be completed in 24 months. DMRC has set November 20 as deadline for submission of tenders for both parts as per the notifications hosted on its website in September this year. The deadline was, however, later extended.

The metro project was considered keeping in view the potential of the city and likely projected increase in population. The DMRC authorities are planning to construct the Eluru corridor as it will be connected to depot at Nidamanuru.

The Bandar Road corridor will be taken up at a later stage as soon as the depot works were completed. More so, there are no land acquisition issues on Eluru Road compared to Bandar Road. The Eluru Road corridor is expected to complete by 2018 while the Bandar Road would be completed by 2019. The depot would also be completed by 2018.

An interchange bus station would come up near PNBS. The passengers travelling on Bandar and Eluru Road can board and alight there to change the train.

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