82 kilometer (82000 miles) total route length of , the elevated corridor will be for about 68 km (68000 miles), underground for about 14 kilometers (14000 miles).
It was in March 2019 that the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, laid foundation stone of this project.
The estimated cost of this project is 30,274 crore.
THE CURRENT CONTROVERSY
The 82-km long Regional Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) is being undertaken by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC).
The project is supposed to have 5.6 km long tunnel between New Ashok Nagar in Delhi to Sahibabad in Uttar Pradesh and an underground station at Anand Vihar.
BIDS FOR TUNNEL & UNDERGROUND STATION
Bids were invited on 9 November last year and
The technical bid was opened on 16 March this year.
5 companies submitted bids and qualified for financial bid opening including-
SK Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. (South Korea) and Tata, STEC, China, L&T India, Afcons and Gulermakgir, Turkey.
On 12 June financial bids were opened and STEC, China emerged as lowest bidder.
CAN THE PROJECT BE CANCELLED WITH CHINESE FIRMAV-
The Urban Development Ministry said that ,
The RRTS project project is funded under Asian Development Bank /World Bank/Multi-lateral procurement guidelines do not allow discrimination among firms/nations.
If the company hasn’t adopted any unfair means to qualify for the bids, then it is out of question to reject the tendering process.
This is a crucial project, which has to be completed under the time-frame.
Recently, contract for the rolling stock trainsets of Delhi-Meerut RRTS was awarded to Bombardier Transportation India.
The company will manufacture the train sets at its Savli plant, Gujarat.
The STEC quoted Rs 1,126 crore for the project,
while L&T quoted Rs 1,170 crore, Gulermak Rs 1,326 crore, Tata Projects Rs 1,346 crore and Afcons Infrastructure Rs 1,400 crore.
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