B’luru metro: Bids invited for pending works on Pink Line
The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) has invited bids for completing the pending work on the 21.38 km Pink Line’s 7.50 km elevated section between Kalena Agrahara and Dairy Circle Ramp.
This section’s Rs 578.70 crore contract under the 73.92 km phase-2 project was originally awarded to Simplex Infrastructures in September 2017 with a 27-month deadline. The contract was finally terminated in February 2021 due to inordinate delays on key performance indicators over a period of at least 15 months. Under phase-2 of the Bengaluru Metro project, the BMRCL is building an elevated corridor from Kalena Agrahara to Swagath Cross Road as part of the 21 km Pink Line. The plan includes an underground stretch of 14 km.
Due to financial problems, the previous contractor could not execute the project as per the tender conditions. The BMRCL data showed that in December 2019, Simplex Infra had made 22% progress in civil work, but in February 2021, only 37% was completed. The BMRCL had served notices to the contractor for poor performance before terminating the contract.
The scope of work includes the construction of elevated structures (viaduct and stations) of approximately 7.50 km length from Gottigere to Swagath Road Cross, including Kothanur Depot entry line, road widening and allied works and five metro stations.
This section’s five stations are located at Kalena Agrahara (formerly Gottigere), Hulimavu, IIM-B, JP Nagar 4th Phase, and Tavarekere (formerly Swagath Road).
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 339.21 crore and has a deadline of 21 months. The last date for submission of bids is 6 May 2021, at 03:00 pm. Technical bids will open from 6 May 2021, at 03:30 pm.
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