The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which has been tasked to complete the ambitious Rs 30,274 crore RRTS project, conducted global pre-bidding meetings via video conferencing for two “critical packages”.
NCRTC, said that the meetings “garnered excellent response from the industry”. Other than Indian entities, prospective bidders from across the globe such as Japan, South Korea, China, Germany and Turkey also participated actively in the meeting.
According to sources, the two packages are Package 29 and Package 8, for which the pre-bidding meetings were held. The Package 29 entails design, manufacturing, supply and supervision of installation of spherical bearings set for elevated viaduct of the RRTS Corridor. Around 11.53-km section of 82-km long corridor will be underground. Rest 70.5 km is elevated. The underground portion includes 5.8-km long stretch between New Ashok Nagar RRTS Station and BEL (Ghaziabad) and 5.73 km long stretch between Meerut’s Brahmpuri Metro Station (elevated) and MES Colony Metro Station (elevated).
The Package 8, on other hand, entails design and construction of tunnels from Bhainsali Bus Stand to Begumpul area in Meerut. In Meerut, there will be three underground stations: Meerut Central, Bhainsali and Begumpul.
“The outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown have adversely affected almost all individuals and disrupted almost all social and economic activities across the globe including India. As a nation, India is fighting hard together. However, disruption should not mean stopping or waiting. Team NCRTC is leveraging technology to effectively ‘Work from Home’.
Tools like video conferencing, Common Data Environment, Microsoft Teams are being used for timely completion of project-related tasks such as detailed architectural and structural drawings, proof-checking, finalisation of method statements, optimising construction planning and sequencing in evolving situations, bid process management, on-line pre-bid meetings and all other things to reduce the impact of the pandemic.
The preparation of documentation for obtaining various approvals from Statuary Authorities, Railways, DMRC and ADB is also underway,” said spokesperson NCRTC Sudhir Sharma. The RRTS corridor will originate from Sarai Kale Khan station in Delhi and Modipuram in Meerut will be the last stop. In the first phase, the Meerut-Ghaziabad-Delhi corridor will be completed with a cost of Rs 30,274 crore by 2025. NCRTC is mandated to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain RRTS in NCR and works under the administrative control of Union ministry of housing & urban affairs.