Mumbai, India (Metro Rail Today): In a significant development for Mumbai's burgeoning metro network, Rahee Infratech emerged as the lowest bidder for the contract (Package CA-167) to supply and install ballastless tracks on Mumbai Metro's Line-9. This milestone was reached on September 22, 2023, marking a crucial step forward in the city's efforts to expand its public transportation system.
Line-9, a pivotal addition to Mumbai's metro infrastructure, spans a distance of 11.38 kilometers, seamlessly linking the neighborhoods of Dahisar East and Mira Bhayandar. This remarkable feat is achieved through the construction of eight elevated stations strategically placed along the route.
The significance of Line-9 extends beyond its immediate route. It forms an integral part of the broader Red Line project, covering a substantial 31.05 kilometers across the city. Once completed, the Red Line will establish crucial connections between Mira Bhayandar, Dahisar East, Andheri East, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Terminal 2, serving a total of 23 stations.
The construction of the elevated section of Line-9, currently underway, is being spearheaded by J Kumar Infraprojects under civil Package CA-48. This ambitious endeavor, which commenced in March 2020, involves the creation of viaducts, including several innovative double-decker sections that promise to redefine Mumbai's skyline.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) initiated the bidding process for the track-work contract in April 2023, setting a stringent installation deadline of 1.5 years. Five bidders threw their hats into the ring, each vying for the opportunity to contribute to this transformative project. During the evaluation phase, Apurvakriti Infrastructure's bid fell short of the tender conditions, leading to its disqualification. Notably, Apurvakriti Infrastructure had previously secured the track contract for Line 4 & 4A (CA-161) in April, making their exclusion from this bidding process a point of curiosity.
The financial bids submitted by the participating companies reflected the gravity of the project:
Remarkably, Rahee Infratech Ltd.'s bid, at Rs. 91.86 crore, positioned them as the lowest bidder, surpassing their competitors. This competitive edge is underscored by the fact that MMRDA's official estimate for the package was Rs. 88.28 crore plus GST. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that Rahee's bid, sans GST, was Rs. 77.85 crore. This significant cost advantage could potentially expedite the awarding of the contract, reducing the time spent in the financial bid evaluation phase.
Should Rahee Infratech be awarded the contract for Line-9, it would mark their second major victory of the year. Earlier, they clinched the track-work contract for Surat Metro Line-2, solidifying their position as a prominent player in the infrastructure development landscape.