New Delhi: Hitachi-Bechtel, Bombardier Transportation, Alstom Projects India, Hyundai Rotem, state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel), and three other firms are in the fray to supply 486 coaches to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in an order that is estimated to be valued at Rs.4,000 crore.
The tender floated by DMRC has an option to buy an additional 145 coaches. DMRC is evaluating the bids and is expected to award the contract by mid-March. Mint couldn’t ascertain the names of the others that are bidding for the contract.
“It was an industrial competitive bidding (through an open tender); the bids are being evaluated,” a DMRC spokesperson said in an emailed response.
Work on the third phase of Delhi Metro started in early 2011. In this phase, two new links will be added along with 10 route extensions that will total 140km at an estimated cost of Rs.30,000 crore. After the completion of the third phase by March 2016, DMRC expects ridership to almost double to four million.
An Alstom spokesperson confirmed the firm’s participation, but declined further comment. Similarly, spokespersons for Hyundai Rotem and Bombardier Transportation confirmed their participation.
“Hyundai Rotem is among the contenders who have submitted their bids to DMRC for the 486 coaches contract for the third phase of the Metro expansion in Delhi,” spokesman Pawan Vij said in an emailed response.
Harsh Mehta, director, communications and public affairs, Bombardier Transportation, said, “Bombardier has submitted the tender to Delhi Metro for rolling stock procurement of 486 metro cars with an option (to buy) of 30% (more coaches). Delhi Metro currently is evaluating the bids received from various firms.”
Spokespersons for Hitachi-Bechtel and Bhel didn’t respond to queries.
The construction of Delhi Metro began in October 1998, with public services starting on 24 December 2002 on an 8.3km stretch. Phases I and II stretch over 125km with 208 train sets.
While the contract for the supply of coaches for the first phase of Delhi Metro project was given to a consortium of BEML Ltd and Hyundai Rotem, the contract for the second phase was given to Bombardier for 614 coaches.
In a related development, Bombardier is in talks with DMRC for an additional order of 106 train cars for the second phase.
Analysts are enthused by DMRC’s order and its potential impact on the sector.
“Metro in the infrastructure sector is the most sizzling right now. In fact, in the 12th Plan (2012-17) it has been categorized as a separate new emergent sector. Separate capacities have been set up by both international and domestic players in the Indian market catering to this space,” said Vinayak Chatterjee, chairman and managing director, Feedback Infrastructure Services Pvt. Ltd, a consulting firm.
“Even two public sector entities like BEML and Bhel have said they would be using their fabrication shops for making Metro train coaches. So the contract for phase III train cars is a shot in the arm for suppliers who have set up capacities for meeting this demand.”