CHENNAI, INDIA (Metro Rail News): Chennai Metro rail Ltd. (CMRL) has invited fresh bids nearly after two weeks of cancelling the six tenders for the construction of Phase-2 of the Metro Project to get new contractors. The earlier bidding was cancelled because the lowest bidders gave quite exorbitant quotes for carrying out the work. The new contractors will construct the two corridors from Madhavaram to SIPCOT and Madhavaram to Sholinganallur. Earlier, the tenders got cancelled because the quote submitted was 40-50% higher than the estimate made by the Chennai Metro Rail. Now, CMRL has rolled out fresh tenders to complete the process in the next 3-4 months. Moreover, the CMRL has also posted the cost estimation so that contractors can know the amount beforehand. The estimated value for constructing five underground stations from Kilpauk Medical College to Thousands of Lights is 1,176 crores.
Revised deadlines for the completion of the project are still in process because there will be delays because of the cancellation of these tenders. The two contractors already engaged in building tunnels are also carrying out the excavation work now. The immediate priority is to construct the diaphragm wall at some specific locations between the Madhavaram to Taramani, after which the tunnelling process can start smoothly.