Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) on Monday, 5th April 2021 confirmed that a fourth round of bidding for its Noida-Greater Noida corridor of the Aqua Line is under way. NMRC, officials said, cancelled the third round of civil tendering process in February this year because of lack of “wider participation” from construction companies.
This line will connect Noida’s Sector 51 station with Greater Noida’s Knowledge V station. “We were forced to cancel the previous tendering process due to low participation. After scrapping the bidding process, we held a video conference with the construction companies keen on the project but would like to have certain modifications. We will soon float the tender again, with modifications,” Manoj Vajpayee, general manager (technical) NMRC, said.
NMRC first invited tenders in May 2020 and received bids from three firms, of which one was not a construction company, and cancelled the tender in July due to lack of good response. The corporation re-invited tenders in September 2020, and received two bids from Sam India and GR Infraprojects in November, but cancelled the same in November-end.
The third round was floated in December and cancelled in February this year. According to sources, the timelines set by NMRC for major milestones of the project is one of the reasons for companies shying away from applying for the job. Work on the route is expected to start in 2021 and the detailed project report has already been approved by the UP cabinet.