Mumbai Metro-III project receives 31 bids, 5 China firms in fray



The 33.5 km long Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-III corridor project has received an overwhelming response from national and international companies with as many as 31 bids from nine different consortiums, officials at Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation said on Tuesday.

Five of these consortiums feature Chinese state-owned corporations including China Railway 25th Bureau Group, China Railway Engineering Group, Guandong Yuantian Engineering Co. and China Railway Tunnel Group Co. Ltd.

Two Russian firms Moscow Metrostroy which has teamed up with Hindustan Construction Company, and Kyivmetrobud which has tied up with AFCONS Infrastructure Ltd. Also in the fray are Indian companies like Tata Projects Ltd, IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company, J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd, Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Unity Infraprojects Ltd.

MMRC officials said the fully underground Metro-III project was divided in seven different packages where each package involves a four to five km-long twin tunnel. In all 31 bidders have pitched for all seven packages.

“The response is very encouraging. It indicates the kind of confidence bidders have in the government and its agency,” said Ms Ashwini Bhinde, Managing Director of MMRC, which is the nodal agency for the project. More info