L&T wins the bid to develop the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project

Mumbai - Ahmedabad Bullet train

The longest portion of the high-speed bullet train line between Mumbai and Ahmedabad measuring 237.1 kilometers which is about 47 percent of the mainline, will be developed by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) as the construction giant won the bid for the bullet train project. L&T came up with the lowest bid among the three bidders. Tata Projects, Afcons Infrastructure, and L&T had earlier qualified for the final bidding process.

On Monday, National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) revealed the three bids that were submitted by Tata Projects, Afcons Infrastructure, and L&T in which the latter emerged as the lowest bidder. The line which will be constructed by L&T will be the largest portion of the project consisting of about forty-seven percent. The total length of the line is about 508.17 kilometers out of which 237.1 kilometers are to be constructed. 

This portion starts from the Maharashtra-Gujarat border and ends up at Vadodara station. There are four intermediate stations Bilimora, Vapi, Bharuch, and Surat in Gujarat. Japan International Cooperation Agency has funded this Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor which is to be constructed at a total cost of ₹1.08 trillion. Due to the pandemic, bullet train project development slowed down, NHSRCL mentioned.

On 15th March 2019, NHSRCL had initiated the bidding process for this Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project. On 23rd September, the official bids were started in which these three construction-giants had qualified. JMC Projects India Ltd, Ircon International Limited, J Kumar Infrasprojects, NCC Limited, Afcons Infrastructure, and Tata Projects were the other bidders that competed for this contract.

Design, construction, testing, commissioning of civil and building works are included in the vision of the project contract. The building design for double line high-speed railway, maintenance depots, boring tunnels, providing viaducts, developing stations, and bridges are involved in the development process.

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