Cochin Shipyard Ltd has invited a tender pertaining to a traffic study on a new road alignment and its carrying capacity as part of its proposed international ship repair facility in the Cochin Port area.

In December 2012, CSL signed a lease agreement with Cochin Port Trust for setting up an international ship repair facility on the latter’s premises at Willingdon Island in Kerala. This facility is presently located on a land area of about 40 acres with water frontage of about 800 metres, quay length of 86 metres, dry dock measuring 66×12.5×4 metres and workshops, all of which were built in 1938.

Cochin Shipyard Ltd now proposes to develop the leased land into an international ship repair facility by installing a ship lift and transfer system with six work stations and afloat berths for repair of minimum eight vessels. In this regard, CSL is in the process of obtaining environmental clearance for the project.

CSL has appointed NABET accredited consultant, Consulting Engineering Services (India) Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, for assistance in obtaining the environmental clearance. The Terms of Reference were finalised in the 128th Expert Appraisal Committee meeting held in New Delhi. During the finalisation of ToR, the EAC insisted on the submission of details of a study on connectivity and its carrying capacity (both road and railway). Hence, CSL is appointing an experienced consultant to carry out the study which is reflected in the tender.

The scope of work entails providing consultancy services for conducting a traffic study on existing roads, to assess diversion of traffic to and from the ship repair facility (new alignment). The traffic study report should include the following aspects:

  • Traffic survey at suitable locations on the existing road, namely classified traffic volume count survey for 24 hours x 7 days, origin – destination surveys to assess the potential diverted traffic likely to use the project road, and turning movement count survey at relevant junction.
  •  Traffic projection including induced traffic for the project.
  •  Lane configuration required to cater to future traffic.
  • Typical cross-section of the new road alignment.
  • Compilation of data and submission of report.

The proposed study should be completed within three weeks.

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