The National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) has opened technical bids for one of the biggest tenders covering 47 percent of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail alignment and four stations.
Technical bids for design and construction of 237 km length of mainline for Mumbai- Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor were opened on 23 September 2020.
The tender covers about 47 percent of total alignment of 508 km, between Vapi and Vadodara in the state of Gujarat. This includes four stations namely Vapi, Billimora, Surat and Bharuch, 24 river and 30 road crossings.
The entire section is in Gujarat where more than 83 percent of land has been acquired for the project.
A total of three bidders involving seven major infrastructural companies have participated in the competitive bidding.
This includes Afcons Infrastructure-IRCON International-JMC Projects India (consortium); Larsen & Toubro; NCC-Tata Projects-J Kumar Infra Projects-HSR (consortium).
The project alone will create more than 90,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction. Also, production and manufacturing markets are also expected to gain with the project.
It is estimated that close to 75 lakh tonne of cement, 21 lakh tonne steel and 1.4 lakh tonne structural steel will be used in the construction and all of which will be produced in India.In addition, large construction machinery is another market that will gain through the project.