CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) opened technical bids recently for the work related to the construction of twin tunnels from Kolathur to Nathamuni of approx. 5.80 km length for Line-5 of Chennai Metro and Larsen and Toubro (L&T) is again the single bidder for this contract also.
The work also includes the construction of five underground stations at Kolathur, Srinivasa Nagar, Villivakam Sub-urban Station, Villivakam bus-terminus and Nathamuni along with architectural finishing and other works.
CMRL invited tenders for this work in January this year with completion period of work to be 1395 days and estimated cost is not known for this contract. This section will be financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Tender Number – CMRL/CON/PHASE-II/CORR-5/CP06/UG06/2021
Name of Work – Construction of underground stations at Kolathur, Srinivasa Nagar, Villivakam Sub-urban Station, Villivakam bus-terminus and Nathamuni with entry/exit, ventilation shafts, plumbing, earthmat, architectural finishes including signages etc. including twin bored tunnels from Kolathur retrieval shaft to Nathamuni launching shaft and ramps with U – section in corridor-5 of CMRL phase-II project
As L&T is the only bidder for the work on this underground section, it will be interesting to know, whether CMRL will go ahead with this one bidder to carry out a subsequent process of technical and financial evaluation of the bid or re-invite tender for this contract.
This section is a part of 47 km long Line-5 of Chennai Metro from Madhavaram Milk Colony to Sholinganallur with total 48 stations on the route. Line-5 comes under Phase-2 of Chennai Metro which comprises construction of three lines covering a total of 118.9 km. Phase-2 is expected to become operational by 2026.