BENGALURU (Metro Rail News): Decks are likely to be cleared to take up work on the city’s longest underground Metro corridor between Dairy Circle and Nagawara (14km), with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) set to finalize two underground packages along the Red Line (Gottigere-Nagawara) in a few weeks. On the Red Line, the Gottigere-Swagath Road Crosssection is elevated, while the Dairy Circle-Nagawara stretch runs underground.
Sources said ITD Cementation India Ltd has emerged as the lowest bidder for construction of the 4.59km underground section with four stations: Tannery Road, Venkateshpura, Arabic College and Nagawara.
The firm reportedly quoted Rs 1,771.3 crore in the tender. Other firms — Afcons Infrastructure Ltd and L&T Construction — quoted Rs 1,783.8 crore and Rs 1,790.1 crore. Similarly, Afcons Infrastructure emerged as the lowest bidder for the 3.7km underground section with three stations: Dairy Circle, MICO Industries and Langford Town.
While Afcons Infrastructure quoted Rs 1,526.3 crore, L&T Construction and ITD Cementation India quoted 1,624.5 crore and Rs 1,684.4 crore. BMRCL sources said a formal letter of acceptance (LoA) will be issued to the two firms after evaluation of financial bids. When contacted, BMRCL managing director Ajay Seth said: “We have not finalized the tender yet. NOC from EIB and approval of project management committee will be obtained”.
In February, Larsen & Toubro was awarded the bids for two other underground sections along the corridor: Vellara Junction-Shivajinagar (2.7km) and Shivajinagar-Pottery Town (2.8km). It had quoted Rs 1,329.1 crore and Rs 1,299.2 crore, respectively, for the two sections.
The firm will build five stations, including Vellara Junction, MG Road, Shivajinagar, Cantonment and Pottery Town. In June, BMRCL and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) signed an agreement for financial assistance of $335 million (about Rs 2,359 crore) for this underground section.
BMRCL has set 2024 as the deadline to commission the section. Metro staff allege irregularities in roof work at stations The Bangalore Metro Rail Employees Union (BMREU) alleged irregularities in the installation of rainwater flashing sheets at several stations on the Green Line.
With many stations leaking during the rainy season, BMRCL is installing these sheets to seal building joints from water seepage and prevent leaks due to expansion and contraction of materials. The union, however, alleged that work is being executed without following tender procedures.
“BMRCL is installing rainwater flashing sheets in stations like Rajajinagar, Yeshwantpur, Peenya and Sandal Soap Factory for Rs 2 crore. They are engaging contractors in piece work (less than Rs 5 lakh), with each costing between Rs 4.5-4.9 lakh. This is to evade tender procedures, which are mandatory for all work above Rs 5 lakh,” said BMREU vice-president Suryanarayana Murthy.
He alleged that some of the contracts were awarded to relatives of some employees. BMRCL managing director Ajay Seth said they will look into the matter.