Five Firms Bids to Prepare DPR for Chennai Metro Line-4’s Extension to Parandur Airport

Chennai Metro's Line-4 Extension to Parandur Airport Draws Attention of Consulting Giants

Chennai metro route
Chennai metro route

CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) has received bids from five consulting firms to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the extension of Chennai Metro’s Line-4 from Poonamallee Bypass to Parandur Airport, covering approximately 40 km distance.

Bidders for the DPR consultant contract are:

  • Aarvee Associates Architects Engineers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
  • AECOM India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Balaji Railroad Systems Pvt. Ltd. (BASRYL)
  • SYSTRA MVA Consulting (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Urban Mass Transit Company Ltd. (UMTC)

The tender for the DPR consultant contract was invited in February 2024. The deadline was 180 days, and the estimate was unknown.

What Does DPR Entail

The DPR will thoroughly outline the length of the line, its route composition (including underground, elevated, and at-grade sections), the number and locations of stations, depot, coach requirements, ridership projections, operational plans, total costs, and other essential details. This document will serve as a foundation for the project, ensuring a clear understanding of its scope and requirements.

The technical bid evaluation is currently underway and is expected to take a couple of months to complete. Once the technical bid evaluation is completed, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened to reveal the lowest bidder and the appointed consultant. If everything goes according to the tender notice’s prescribed schedule, CMRL should be able to appoint a consultant in late Q2 (June) and potentially see a glimpse of the DPR’s first draft, in Q1 2025 (January – March).

Chennai Metro Phase 2, Line-4

The extension of Line-4 is part of the 116.1 km Chennai Metro Phase 2 project, with the state government deciding to extend the line to Chennai’s new greenfield airport in Parandur, involving land acquisition and master plan design works.

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