The proposed Hosur-Bangalore metro line project crossed another milestone with 11 top companies submitting bids to carryout feasibility studies.
The firms have submitted bids to Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) for preparing a detailed feasibility report (DFR).
The successful bidder will conduct a study to construct a metro line between Bommasandra in Bangalore, Karnataka and Hosur, Tamil Nadu.
This roughly 18 km long inter-state line on NH-44 will pass through Attibelle, Yedavanahalli and Chandapura to reach Bommasandra with 11.5 km of the route located in Karnataka and the rest 6.5 km in Tamil Nadu.
The feasibility study report’s consultant will examine and recommend alignment, type of system (Metro, Metrolite, Metro Neo), estimated ridership, location of stations & depot and associated construction costs.
CMRL had invited bids for appointing the consultant in August 2023 with an unknown estimate and 180 day completion deadline. Technical bids were opened on September 30s.
Sources said L&T Infrastructure Engineering, Tata Consulting Engineers, Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka), RITES, and Srei Infrastructure Finance are among the 11 companies that have submitted bids.
The bids are currently undergoing technical evaluation. When completed, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened to reveal who’s the lowest bidder and most likely consultant.
Anyhow, there’s a long way to go before construction begins. If the feasibility report is approved, the next step would be to create a Detailed Project Report (DPR).
If this project materializes, Tamil Nadu government is expected to bear a substantial portion of the cost to construct the Karnataka portion just like the Uttar Pradesh and Haryana governments did when the Delhi Metro was extended into Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh and Faridabad, the experts tracking the project from the beginning says.
However the people in Hosur expects the project to be set up as an extension of Bangalore Metro’s 19.143 km Yellow Line and not build a new line requiring passengers to interchange at Bommasandra. A line with limited stops, spaced out every 2-3 kms, would be nice just like how it’s being done on Bangalore Metro Blue Line’s Airport section, many people suggests.
(With inputs from The OnLook News Research Bureau)