DRA-DMRC JV Bags Mumbai Ahmedabad Bullet Train’s Thane Depot Contract 

The contract includes the design & construction of the Thane depot, including Civil Works, building works, etc., in Maharashtra for the MAHSR Project.

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MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon – Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DRA – DMRC JV) was declared as the lowest bidder for the design & construction of the Thane Depot of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project or Specifically Package: D1 of the MAHSR Project. 

Scope of Contract

The scope of the contract includes the Design and Construction of the Thane Depot, including Civil Works, Building Works, Inspection Sheds, Maintenance Depot, and Installation, Testing and Commissioning of Maintenance Facilities, and other Associated works in the State of Maharashtra for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project. 

Thane Depot 

Initially, it will have 4 Inspection Lines and 10 Stabling Lines, which will go to 8 and 31, respectively. It will also consist of an Inspection bay & a Washing Plant. It will built on a parcel of 52 hectares of land to stabilise and maintain Shinkansen train sets. 

It will be the 2nd largest depot on the MAHSR Project after the Sabarmati Depot, which is currently under construction. 

Tender 

NHSRCL invited bids for Package D1 in December 2022 itself. It comes with a deadline of 2010 days or 5.5 years, while the bidders were declared in May this year. 

Bids 

The Bids for the tender submitted by the different firms are: 

Firm Bid 
DRA – DMRC JVRs 945 Crore 
Larsen & Toubro (L&T)Rs 1570 Crore 
SCC – PREMCO JVRs 2100 Crore 

Status of Contracts 

The last significant civil contract for the project is awaiting approval. In December 2022, the Sabarmati Depot (Package D2) civil construction contract was granted to Sojitz Corporation – Larsen & Toubro JV. Construction is currently in progress for the smallest depot in Surat as part of the scope of works for civil Package C4, covering a distance of 237.1 km.

MAHSR Corridor 

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Railway (MAHSR) is India’s inaugural high-speed train route that links Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The estimated cost of the project is approximately ₹1.08 lakh crore. The central government has committed to providing ₹10,000 crore, while Gujarat and Maharashtra will each contribute ₹5,000 crore. The remaining funds will be secured through a loan from Japan, offering a minimal interest rate of 0.1%.

Latest Updates on MAHSR Corridor

According to the most recent updates, the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) Station has achieved nearly 15% of its development, with NHSRCL installing approximately six bridges in Gujarat. These bridges span across six rivers in the region:

1. Par River (Valsad District)

2. Purna River (Navsari District)

3. Mindhola River (Navsari District)

4. Ambika River (Navsari District)

5. Auranga River (Valsad District)

6. Venganiya River (Navsari District)

NHSRCL has completed 100 km of viaducts and 250 km of pier erection for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project. The laying of the reinforced concrete (RC) track bed has commenced in Surat.

In a significant announcement, the Railway Minister has declared that the Surat-Bilmora stretch of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train is scheduled to be commissioned by August 2026.


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