DELHI (Metro Rail News): National High-Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) awarded SCC – VRS JV with an Rs. 307.24 crore contract to construct the 2.127 km Package C-8 (Sabarmati Depot) of the 508.17 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR Bullet Train) project. SCC – VRS JV has received LOA for C8’s contract from NHSRCL on February 4, 2022.
Within Ahmedabad, Package C8 of the mainline (chainage 507.599 to 509.726) is the shortest and last of five packages. It covers civil, building, and preparatory work at the Sabarmati train maintenance depot. The largest of three planned (the others would be at Surat and Thane) on this line for Shinkansen trains inspection and maintenance and stabling.
NHSRCL invited tenders for its construction, which will begin in October 2020 and be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), with a four-year completion deadline. In February 2021, technical bids were opened, revealing nine bidders, of which only four qualified
When financial bids were launched in April 2021, SCC-VRS JV was the lowest bidder. Still, Montecarlo Ltd. asked the Delhi High Court to reconsider their disqualification, which was granted. However, India’s Supreme Court this week set aside HC’s judgement allowing for the contract to be finally awarded, stating “the Republic of India can’t deviate from terms and conditions of a fully foreign-funded contract.“
Design and Construction of Civil and Building Works for the Depot on Design-Build Lump Sum Price Basis for Double Line High-Speed Railway involving works for Site Formation, Abutment, Retaining Walls, Roadbed for a track, Box Culvert, Roads, Cable Duct, Foundations of OHE Masts, Piping, Drainage, Water Harvesting, Fire Fighting, Landscaping, Boundary Wall, General Inspection Train Shed, Maintenance Depot and other Associated works At Sabarmati between MAHSR Km. 507.599 and MAHSR Km. 509.726 in the State of Gujarat for the Project for Construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail are some of the brief scopes for the project.
A notice inviting bids for constructing the depot’s workshop shed, inspection shed, office building, Operations & Control Centre (OCC), machinery and plants under Package D2 is currently pending. C8’s basic pre-construction work will begin in April, with comprehensive construction to commence in mid-2022. With this development, all civil packages (C4-C8) of the project within Gujarat have been awarded.