Delhi-Meerut RRTS Project Link With Chinese Firm – Free PDF Download

  • Out of a total route length of 82 kilometer, the elevated corridor will be for about 68 km, underground for about 14 kilometers.

  • It was in March 2019 that the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, laid foundation stone of this project.
  • The estimated cost of this project is 30,274 crore.

The current controversy

  • The 82-km long Regional Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) is being undertaken by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC).
  • The project is supposed to have 6 km long tunnel between New Ashok Nagar in Delhi to Sahibabad in Uttar Pradesh and an underground station at Anand Vihar.

Bids for Tunnel & Underground station

  • Bids were invited on 9 November last year and
  • The technical bid was opened on 16 March this year.
  • 5 companies submitted bids and qualified for financial bid opening including-
  1. SKEC (Korea) and Tata,
  2. STEC, China,
  3. L&T,
  4. Afcons and
  5. Gulermakgir, Turkey.
  • On 12 June financial bids were opened and STEC, China emerged as lowest bidder.

Can the project be cancelled with Chinese firms?

  • The Urban Development Ministry said that ,
  • The project is funded under Asian Development Bank (ADB)/World Bank/Multi-lateral procurement guidelines do not allow discrimination among firms/countries.
  • If the company hasn’t adopted any unfair means to qualify for the bids, then it is out of question to reject the tendering process.
  • This is a crucial project, which has to be completed under the time-frame.
  • Recently, contract for the rolling stock trainsets of Delhi-Meerut RRTS was awarded to Bombardier Transportation India.
  • The company will manufacture the train sets at its Savli plant, Gujarat.

  • The STEC quoted Rs 1,126 crore for the project, while L&T quoted Rs 1,170 crore, Gulermak Rs 1,326 crore, Tata Projects Rs 1,346 crore and Afcons Infrastructure Rs 1,400 crore.




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