13 bidders for the ambitious 20km Port of Chennai

The £5,885 million Chennai Port to Maduravoyal high-speed project has attracted 13 bidders including Afcons, Tata Projects and Kalpataru Power Transmission.

The project will be taken in four phases, with Afcons Infrastructure Ltd, J Kumar Infraprojects Projects being the only two to have submitted bids for all four, sources said.

Bids opened on Thursday and final bidders for each leg will be selected in May or June.

Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowa told journalists in Chennai on April 23 that works on the project would be contracted out by the end of June.

The groundwork for the disused 19km Chennai Port-Maduravoyal Elevated Expressway was laid in 2009 by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a cost of ₹1,468 crore. However, the project had encountered much controversy and was eventually shelved by the AIADMK government citing environmental and alignment issues.

However, the project was revived when the DMK government returned to power two years ago with a memorandum of understanding for the expressway signed in May 2022 at a cost of ₹5,885 crore. The MoU was signed by the four stakeholders – the Government of Tamil Nadu; National Highways Authority of India, Chennai Port Authority and Indian Navy.

According to the revised plan, the 20.6km corridor will be a double-decker corridor between Madurvoyal on the Chennai-Bengaluru Highway and the Napier Bridge, which is adjacent to Gate Number of Chennai Port in the heart of the city. The first level of the corridor will facilitate the movement of light motor vehicles between Koyambedu and Chennai Port, with ramps at 13 locations – seven entrances and six exits. The second level was designed only for heavy motor vehicles between Chennai Port and Maduravoyal.

The project will contribute to fast transportation of cargo in and out of the port. Trucks currently run to and from the port through the northern end of the port at Royapuram. However, the elevated project will allow entry and exit through the southern end of the port in the heart of the city.

Four packages

Package I (0.342 km to 4.604 km) – Bidders are Afcons Infrastructure, Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon, J Kumar Infraprojects, Tata Projects and Transrail Lighting Ltd.

Package II (4,604 km to 9,700 km) – Bidders are Afcons, Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon, GR Infraprojects, J Kumar Infraprojects, Ramalingam Construction Company and Transrail

Package III (9,700 km to 14,185 km) – Bidders are Afcons Infrastructure, Bridge and Roof Co India, GR Infraprojects, J Kumar Infraprojects, NCC Ltd, PandC Projects Pvt Ltd and Tata Projects.

Package IV (14,185 km to 20,223 km) – The bidders are Afcons Infrastructure, Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon, Eaglecon Heavy Works, J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd, Kalpataru Power Transmission and PST Engineering Construction.

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