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CMRL Invites Bids for Chennai Metro Line-1 UG Stations’ Balance Work

After terminating its Rs. 371 cr civil construction contract with IL&FS – PJSC Kyivmetrobud JV due to poor progress, the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) on February 14 invited bids from construction firms for completing the remaining (balance) works of the underground Sir Theagaraya College and Korukkupet stations on the 9.051 km northern extension of Chennai Metro’s 23.1 km Blue Line to Wimco Nagar.

Both stations were originally part of package UAA-09, but now their balance works has been divided up into two separate packages. The tender notices are not yet up on CMRL’s website’s tender page, but a reader supplied copies –

CONTRACT BW-UAA-09- STATIONS (ARCH)/STC – CONSTRUCTION OF BALANCE WORKS OF CIVIL, ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING WORKS & FINISHES (ABWF), SIGNAGES ETC WORKS AT SIR THIYAGARAYA COLLEGE UNDERGROUND STATION.

Tender BW-UAA-09- STATIONS (ARCH)/SKP – CONSTRUCTION OF BALANCE WORKS OF CIVIL, ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING WORKS & FINISHES (ABWF), SIGNAGES ETC WORKS AT KORUKKUPET UNDERGROUND STATION.

• Duration of contract: 6 months
• Prebid meeting: 25-02-2020 at 11:00
• Last date submission: 13-03-2020 up to 15:00 hrs
• Date of opening Technical Bid: 14-03-2020 at 15:00 hrs



Route of Chennai Metro Blue Line’s 9.051 km northern extension which includes station package UAA09 with 2 stations at Sir Theagaraya College and Korrukupet – view Chennai Metro route map & information

At the time of termination, here’s what The Hindu reported –

According to CMRL officials, they were left with no choice but to terminate the contract because they were displeased with the poor pace of construction. “Usually, we try to do everything possible to help the firm finish the work. We terminate contracts only if there is no other option. They [ITNL] struggled with severe cash crunch for several months and the progress of work was poor. Hence, we decided to end the contract recently,” an official said.

North of Korukkupet Station, the under construction line runs in an elevated mode with 6 new stations at Tondiarpet, Toll Gate, Thangal, Gowri Ashram, Tiruvottiyur and Wimco Nagar where an elevated stabling yard is being built, with further plans to build a 20 storey residential / commercial tower.

Track-work on the underground section has been completed and CMRL plans to run a diesel locomotive, like they typically first do, through the tunnels and maybe the elevated section if the tracks are ready towards the end of February prior to commencing trial runs with one of their Alstom trains.

Source : https://themetrorailguy.com/2020/02/17/cmrl-invites-bids-for-chennai-metro-line-1-ug-stations-balance-work/
 

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Metro Rail slashes Phase II estimate by ₹7,000 crore

Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has deemed initial cost to be very high

In a huge development, the Chennai Metro has drastically cut down the estimate of its Phase II project by nearly ₹7,000 crore.

From an initial estimate of ₹69,180 crore for 118.9 km, the project cost has been brought down to ₹62,000 crore, highly placed sources told The Hindu.

The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has directed Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) to reduce the project cost, as it deemed it to be very high, the sources said.

Over the last year, CMRL officials held several rounds of discussions with MoHUA officials to find ways to bring down the project cost.

“It was an extremely challenging and tough process, but we managed to do it. It was very difficult as Bhopal Metro Rail was set as the benchmark for calculating cost per kilometre for the project. It may not be right to compare Chennai with Bhopal, as the purchase price of raw material and labour will be different,” a source said.

A slew of changes made in land acquisition and systems and operations helped in bringing down the cost by about ₹7,000 crore. “The MoHUA also gave recommendations on pricing for some of the systems, and changes were made accordingly,” another source said.

The final revised cost of the project will be sent to the MoHUA, after apprising the State government. After it approves the final cost, a few minor modifications will be made in the detailed project report as well, the source added.

Funds in phases
Sources said the Centre was likely to release funds in phases for Phase II, as requested by the State government.

After signing an MoU with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), for a loan of ₹20,196 crore, the Metro has been in talks with the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank for loans for some of the stretches of the project.

Chennai Metro has already begun floating tenders to first start work on 52 km of the 118.9 km, and the tunnelling contracts will be awarded in a few months.
 

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Perhaps for the first time, I travelled in the metro during peak hour time in the morning from airport until thirumangalam. A few points to note:

1. There are quite a lot of feeder vans to/from the airport and a lot of people use it. It costs only 10 bucks. I could see good number of people coming in from the tirusulam subway too. Only about 30% of people were from the airport and rest were officegoers.

2.The baggage screening at the airport is pathetic. The machine is damn weak and cannot pull the heavily loaded flight suitcases. This formed a long queue at the screening terminal. Many of the commuters just skipped the baggage screening and went to the trains. Something must be done about this.

3. Just like suburban systems, the ticketing queue was long while the ATVMs were lying unused. I always use the ATVMs for recharging my travel card and I did it today too and saved quite a few time.

4. The crowd patterns were interesting. A lot of pax who boarded in GST road stretch got down before and in thirumangalam while a new set of passengers continued coming in Inner ring road stations who were going beyond thirumangalam.

5. Road interchage/MTC transit point Stations like airport, alandur, ashok nagar, koyambedu, thirumangalam see a lot of footfalls and most of them seem to be from nearby areas.

6.Thirumangalam was clearly the most crowded station(more than even the airport). I suspect a good no. of people boarding here might be interchanging at central for sure towards their offices in broadway or mount road. Some poor fellow had a eatery stall here back when only the stretch upto nehru park was operational and the footfalls were low. Things have improved a lot since then and this station might have a food outlet soon. A2B has an outlet at many of the stations and seem to be doing good business.
 

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^^ The article says land acquisition , operations and systems ...

Land acquisition may well be trimming the excess land requisite .. operations and systems looks to me more of operational workforce , contracts and systems design of the services which can be optimised technically ...

None of these really require re approvals or going to drawing board for civil execution ...
 

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Anybody know why the turnstiles in meenambakkam station towards chrompet side is always non functional. Is it a technical snag or for operational reasons? Day by day it has become bothersome.
 

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Anybody know why the turnstiles in meenambakkam station towards chrompet side is always non functional. Is it a technical snag or for operational reasons? Day by day it has become bothersome.


For want of better patronage and more crowd the turnstiles are not put to use.

Opening up that entrance would incur additional expenses towards salary for extra manpower. Hence when patronage picks up considerably That entrance would be opened up.

I got this reply once when I emailed cmrl
 

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https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chennai-metro-to-rope-in-one-more-contractor-to-finish-work-on-two-stations/article30879050.ece

Chennai Metro to rope in one more contractor to finish work on two stations

Chennai Metro Rail is now in the process of looking out for a contractor who will complete finishing work in two stations in the phase I extension project in north Chennai.

This project — covering 9 km to link Washermanpet with Wimco Nagar — that is due for opening in June this year, is facing a challenge now, as a contract was terminated. Recently, Chennai Metro Rail ended the contract worth nearly ₹370 crore with IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited (ITNL) as the firm failed to meet the deadline and it was felt the progress of construction of work was poor, officials said. This firm had to build Korukkupet and Sir Theagaraya College stations in the 9 km stretch.

Following this, Chennai Metro Rail had immediately roped in two contractors to finish the remaining construction work of both these stations and the work has been on for a while now.

According to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), they want a contractor just to finish some of the interior work. “We have just called tenders now for this work. We should finalise the contract in a month and award the contract. The new firm will have to provide sanitary installations, rainwater pipes and fittings, rainwater harvesting and tube wells and other such related work as well,” an official said.

This is not the first time that CMRL had to terminate a contract in the Metro project. For instance, in the phase I project that covers 45 km of the city, Gammon India and CCCL contracts too were terminated by CMRL as the work was getting inordinately delayed.
 

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Learning from past, Metro tweaks contracts to ensure speedy work

CHENNAI: After terminating contracts with four companies involved in the
construction of phase-1 and phase-1 extension lines of metro rail, Chennai
Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is tweaking its contracts with firms to ensure
faster construction of the 118.9km phase-2 lines. The changes made in the
contracts will help avoid additional cost of both the contractors and CMRL.
Wiser after building the 45km phase-1 over 10 years, CMRL thinks the new
clauses would allow it to offload work from companies that are likely to
not meet deadlines and, also keep a tab on contractors to avoid diverting
metro rail funds for other projects they may be involved in. Revising
clauses in construction contracts come at the time when CMRL has started
floating tenders for building tunnels for a portion of the phase-2 lines.
Amending the guidelines is crucial as it will be awarding contracts to several companies. It plans to split the lines into portions
and float tenders, unlike in phase-1 where big stretches were given to a single firm for construction.
So far, tenders to build twin-tunnels between Kellys and Taramani Road covering 12km and a 9km line from Venugopal Nagar to
Kellys have been floated. Awarding work on small stretches in phase-2 to firms also means that construction would not be
affected on the entire corridor if work on a portion gets delayed.
A CMRL official said the option to offload work from one contractor, who may have a poor pace of construction or have other deficiencies, to another company involved in the same project at an already fixed rate, was introduced in phase-1 extension.
This prevented loss of time on calling for new tenders to find a contractor.
“The clause made us work comfortably without the fear of time overrun. With a notice to the contractor, we can offload a
particular work,” an official said. “We mostly offloaded those crucial areas of work that need to be finished on priority and hand
it over to other contractors for further work such as installation of signals, communication systems and electrical work.”
The tweaks made to the contracts worked in favour of CMRL when it had to terminate the contract with IL&FS Transportation
Networks Limited (ITNL) due to delay in construction of two underground stations at Sir Theagaraya College and Korukkupet.
“We offloaded cut-and-cover work and gave it to one of our other contractors a year ago. Three months ago, we gave some
portions of Theagaraya College station to another contractor. When we saw they were struggling with severe cash crunch for
months and that work was slow, we didn’t have an option but to end their contract,” said another official.
CMRL officials said they ended contracts with four major companies involved in the construction of 45km phase-1 and 9km
phase-1 extension, which included ITML KMB JV, Gammon MMS Devi, CCCL and Lanco. “Termination of contracts also meant
we won’t be doing business with them anymore,” the official said.
Construction of a major portion of the underground line on Anna Salai was stalled for nearly a year after a Russian contractor
abandoned work citing financial crisis. CMRL floated new tenders and awarded contract to companies to get the line ready for
operations. Floating a fresh tender and awarding contract for an incomplete work takes time and new contractor may need
time to procure equipment and materials. A metro rail official said they have brought in other changes like opening a common
bank account to monitor use of funds by contractors and releasing of mobilisation funds in instalments to ensure contractors
complete work on time.
“Earlier we released 10% of the funds at one go. We realised 10% is not required at the same time, so we decided to transfer it
in three instalments. After the first instalment, they have to show us the progress before we release the rest of the money. If
they don’t perform, we have a clause to encash their bank guarantee. The contractor cannot use the surplus money without completing the work,” the official said. “We also conduct checks every four months to ensure the company is not diverting
funds.”
Source: Times of India, 24-Feb-2020
 

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Opening of Hindu office subway at Govt Estate.

CMRL is pleased to announce opening of subway located next to the Hindu office at Govt Estate Station for passenger utilization. As part of our multi-modal integration plan, the existing Hindu office subway has been renovated and integrated with existing Govt Estate Metro Station for both road crossings and for accessing the metro station.



 
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