NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): On June 12, Govt awarded a contract of Rs 1,126 cr to Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co. (STEC), a Chinese multinational construction company.
As per the National Capital Region Transport Co (NCRTC) – the Governments of India (GOI), Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan along with UP, mandated for completing the RRTS. The STEC has appeared as the lowest bidder for the RRTS construction of the 5.6 km underground stretch from New Ashok Nagar to Sahibabad.
Have a look of all the companies and their bid:
|Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co. (STEC)||Rs 1126.89 crore|
|Larsen and Toubro Limited (L&T)||Rs 1170.00 crore|
|Gülermak Agir Sanayi Insaat ve Taahhut A.S.||Rs 1325.92 crore|
|Tata Projects Limited td. – SK E&C JV (TPL – SKEC JV)||Rs 1346.29 crore|
|Afcons Infrastructure Ltd. (Afcons)||Rs 1400.40 crore|
This is one of the 3 rapid-rail corridors proposed under the RRTS project. The distance among Delhi-Meerut will be met in around 62 minutes, as per NCRTC.
NCRTC had invited global bids for the 1st underground civil construction package last year in November and the technical bids for this contract package were opened on 16th of March.
Co-convenor of Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Ashwani Mahajan said that the tender for such projects should be awarded to an Indian company. As the govt is promoting ‘Make in India’ and construction of such big projects should be handled through an Indian company. Govt authorities in the past as well have cancelled few tenders to promote ‘Make in India.
NCRTC PRO, Sudheer Sharma said to Metro Rail News that this not confirmed yet, that Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co. (STEC) got this contract, officials are figuring it out and announce the report soon. However, as per experts, the govt is trying to reduce Chinese aggression as a “dispute”.