By A Special Correspondent
On April 14, 2001, the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited called for pre-qualification bids for canal works worth Rs 169.9 crore. The contract includes the construction of three canal siphons on the 458-km long Narmada main canal, one each across the rivers Saraswati, Khari-II and Banas for Rs 58.3, Rs 49.83 and Rs 61.77 crore respectively.
Under the qualification criterion, only Class "AA" contractors in Narmada Water Resources and Water Supply or Road and Building department and CPWD/railway and other state government contractors with an equivalent class can bid for the work. Moreover, applicants should have prior experience in similar projects.
The interested parties can purchase pre-qualification documents for Rs 5,000 till May 23, 2001, and would have to submit the same by May 31.
The Narmada main canal crosses six major rivers and canal siphons are to be constructed over all these. The multipurpose Narmada dam project involves many states. Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan have sponsored it. Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited has been set up by the Gujarat government as a 100-per cent government-owned undertaking, to implement this project. The project exercise involves construction of a concrete dam, a powerhouse and the world's largest main canal having a capacity of 1133 cumces. It is expected to irrigate 18-lakh hectare area.
Narmada Project Main Canal Division No.23
Narmada Vasahat, Mhesana-Radhanpur Highway