Chennai, India (Urban Transport News): The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) on Tuesday opened technical bids of consultancy firms received against the RfP invited for the selection of general consultants for Corridor 4 of the Chennai Metro Rail project, Phase 2. After the opening of bids, CMRL revealed that a total of 9 domestic and multinational firms/Joint ventures have shown their interest to provide general consultancy services for Corridor 4 of the Chennai Metro Rail project, Phase 2. The names of firms are:
Request for Expression of Interest (REoI)/bids for providing general consultancy services was invited from the engineering consutancy firms by Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) on January 11, 2020. The consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the Procurement Instructions for Recipients. Quality and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS), a method that takes into account the quality of the proposal and the cost of the services, is the commonly recommended method for the selection of consultants under an ODA Loan provided by the external financial institutions.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in January 2020 had sanctioned USD 356.65 million (nearly Rs 2,306 crore ) to finance the construction of a part of Corridor-4 of Chennai Metro Rail project, Phase 2 including support and technical assistance required by the Chennai Metro Rail Limited.
In January 2020, a consortium of three railway consultancy firms - Nippon Koei India Pvt. Ltd.; Aarvee Associates Architects, Engineers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd. and Balaji Rail Roads Systems Pvt. Ltd. (BARSYL) were awarded the general consultancy contract worth Rs 348.1 crore (¥5.4 billion) for providing consultancy work for the execution of two stretches of corridor 3 - from Madhavaram to Sholinganallur (35.67 km) and corridor 5 from Madhavaram to Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (16.34 km) - covering a total distance of nearly 52 km under the phase 2 of Chennai Metro Rail project.