National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has opened technical bids for one of the biggest tenders covering 47 per cent of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) alignment and four stations, the Ministry of Railways said on Wednesday (23 September).
The technical bids for the design and construction of 237 km length of mainline for Mumbai- Ahmedabad High Speed Rail corridor were opened on 23 September, the ministry said.
The technical bids are related to one of the biggest tenders covering 47 percent of MAHSR alignment and four stations. This tender covers about 47 percent of the total alignment of 508 km, between Vapi and Vadodara in the state of Gujarat.
The tender includes four stations namely Vapi, Billimora, Surat and Bharuch, 24 river and 30 road crossings. This entire section is in Gujarat State where more than 83% of the land has been acquired for the project.
A total of three bidders involving seven major infrastructural companies have participated in the competitive bidding.
The bidders are Afcons Infrastructure Limited – IRCON International Limited – JMC Projects India Ltd- Consortium; Larsen & Toubro Ltd.; and NCC Limited – Tata Project Ltd.- J Kumar Infra Projects Ltd. - HSR Consortium.
The MAHSR project alone will create more than 90,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction of the project. Not just the employment market but production and manufacturing market are also expected to gain with the project, the ministry said.
It is estimated that close to 75 lakh MT of cement, 21 lakh MT of steel, and 1.4 lakh MT of structural steel will be used in the construction and all of which shall be produced in India. In addition to this, large construction machinery is another market that will gain big time through the project, it added.
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