Varanasi-Howrah HSR corridor receives 6 bids for Alignment and LiDAR Survey

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has received bids from 6 firms for preparing final alignment including Aerial LiDAR survey for Varansi-Howrah High Speed Rail Corridor.

LiDAR survey (Light Detection and Ranging) is a technique in which laser enabled equipment is mounted on a helicopter to carry out ground survey. This technology gives accurate survey data and findings in less time.
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Varanasi-Howrah (Kolkata) High Speed Rail Project is a 760 km proposed high speed railway line connecting Varanasi, Patna and Kolkata. Once completed, it will cover the distance the two cities in less than 3 hrs, operating at speed of more than 300 km per hour. At present, the project is approved and in DPR (Detailed Project Report) stage.

The bids for this survey was invited in January 2021 and the completion period given is 150 days with an approximate cost of work is INR 17.56 Crores. The 6 firms which submitted bids for this work are

  • Growever Infra Private Ltd
  • Lokanath Construction and Survey Engineering
  • Monarch Surveyors and Engineering Consultants Private Ltd
  • RITES Ltd
  • RS Enterprises
  • SECON Private Ltd

The process will take another month for technical evaluation and after that based on financial bids of qualified firms, the lowest bidder will be announced. Similar LiDAR survey has already started for 865 km long Delhi-Varanasi Bullet Train Project in January 2021


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