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Business News/ Companies / News/  Adani Realty wins bid for 30,000 crore Bandra Reclamation redevelopment contract in Mumbai
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Adani Realty wins bid for ₹30,000 crore Bandra Reclamation redevelopment contract in Mumbai

Adani Realty has emerged as the 'preferred bidder' for the redevelopment of the Bandra Reclamation land parcel, offering 22.79% revenue to MSRDC, surpassing Larsen and Toubro's bid. The final approval is pending.

A worker installs the Solar Panels at the Bandra Reclamation in Mumbai, India (Photo by Pramod Thakur/Hindustan Times)Premium
A worker installs the Solar Panels at the Bandra Reclamation in Mumbai, India (Photo by Pramod Thakur/Hindustan Times)

Adani Realty has secured the contract to redevelop the 24-acre Bandra Reclamation land parcel, put up by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRDC), as per a report by the Free Press Journal. The final approval is pending and will be decided by the MSRDC Board in their upcoming meeting.

Adani Realty emerged as the 'preferred bidder' by offering the highest financial bid, providing 22.79 percent revenue to MSRDC. This surpassed Larsen and Toubro's bid of 18 percent, as per the report. The decision comes despite L&T having a stronger net worth of approximately 84,000 crore compared to Adani's 48,000 crore, Adani's higher bid secured the preference, it added.

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The land parcel has a potential development area of 45 lakh square feet and is valued at around 30,000 crore, as per a Hindustan Times report.

MSRDC's Perspective

According to Anil Kumar Gaikwad, the Vice Chairman and MD of MSRDC, the decision was based on a revenue-sharing model. Adani's higher bid aligns with the government's interest in maximizing revenue for new and ongoing infrastructure projects.

Gaikwad also refuted allegations that the bidding process favoured specific developers. He emphasised an open and transparent process, seeking financially and technically strong players. Both Adani Realty and L&T qualified in technical and financial capability rounds.

“Since the MSRDC bids are of a revenue-sharing model, the developer who offers the maximum percentage of revenue and is beneficial to the government will be the obvious choice. Adani has offered us a higher bid so he is our preferred choice. We need resources and funds for our new and ongoing infra projects," said Gaikwad.

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“Technically both are strong and have met the stringent criteria and eligibility norms of the tender process. They both are capable of undertaking a project of this magnitude and scale and completing it on time. But Adani is offering us more revenue," he added.

Project Details

If approved by the board, Adani Realty will be responsible for bringing funds, handling clearances and permissions, and paying a minimum of 8,000 crore to MSRDC as a benchmark amount. The revenue-sharing model stipulates a 22.79 percent share for MSRDC. "This ( 8,000 crore) is the benchmark amount. If the revenue is more than they will have to share it with us 22.79 percent," Gaikwad told FPJ.

The MSRDC bidding process set stringent criteria, including a minimum consolidated net worth of 15,000 crore by March 31, 2023. This criterion raised concerns among some builders during the pre-bid meeting.

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While 18 top players attended the pre-bid meeting — Adani Realty, Godrej Properties, JSW, K.Raheja Corp, L&T Realty, Lodha, Mahindra Lifespaces, Oberoi Realty, Phoenix Realty, Runwal, Sahana Group, Sattva, Sunteck Realty, Sumitomo, Wadhwa Group, and Wellspun, among others, however, only three responded to the bidding process.

Anonymous sources had raised concerns about the eligibility norms favouring only a select few. Some builders argued that the 15,000 crore net worth requirement in a single entity restricted opportunities for all but a few developers. However, MSRDC noted the criterion came amid concerns, considering the developer's obligation to pay 8,000 crore to MSRDC over 9 to 14 years.

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Published: 17 Feb 2024, 08:09 AM IST
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