BANGALORE (Metro Rail News): The Bangalore Metro Rail Co Ltd is expecting the Centre’s nod to a DPR on the 19 km Outer Ring Road Metro corridor to ascend in 3 months.
Last year in March the DPR was submitted and had been pending for permission in the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs with the nodal agency requesting BMRCL to re-draft the document at least thrice in the past.
However, the transport utility announced that the Centre’s permission is not coming in the way of a tender program with BMRCL’s originally planning to award the contract for Phase II (A) project civil construction in mid-2020.
BMRCL Managing Director Ajay Seth stated that we have almost completed the technical evaluation of the bids. It would be given to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) a key financier of the project in about ten days. The approval from the Central Govt might take about 2 to 3 months.
Without waiting for approval we can proceed with the bidding process. It’s got that the Urban Development Department, Govt of Karnataka, gave it’s clearance to the BMRCL to take away and float the tenders in Dec last year without waiting for approval.
BMRCL officials stated that would approach the govt again before granting the contract. The officer was also not assured when the clearance would come from the Centre given the Covid-19 situation throughout the country.
Last year in May BMRCL was 1st directed to revise the DPR, Official documents show, which is nearly 3 months after the document was presented to the Ministry.
It took almost 7 months to revise the DPR as the BMRCL was directed to carry down the construction cost mainly with respect to building stations and also restart work on the DPR, keeping in mind the 2017 Metro Policy.