Work on the depot for Line 6 of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is set to commence before the onset of the monsoon. Following the opening of financial bids on Monday, the MMRDA is in the process of appointing a contractor to undertake the construction.
A MMRDA source said, “While Sam India Builtwell emerged as lowest bidder with a quote of Rs 547 crore and the second bidder Ahluwalia Contracts Ltd proposed a bid of Rs 608 crore.”
The bid amounts represent a 7.5% increase compared to MMRDA’s estimated cost of Rs 509 crore.
A official said, “The bids submitted by the lowest bidder will undergo scrutiny. Following administrative approvals, a decision will be made to issue the Letter of Intent to the successful bidder. It is anticipated that this process will be concluded in the near future. The construction work at the depot site is scheduled to commence between May and June of 2024. The estimated duration for completion of the project is 30 months.”
The depot spans an area of 15.02 hectares and will serve as a critical hub for Line 6 operations. The construction activities at the depot will include building of boundary wall, earthwork filling, construction of workshop, inspection bay, stabling lines, automatic washing plant and Operations and Control Centre (OCC).
The depot infrastructure is designed to accommodate one train set of 8-Car each initially. However, provisions have been made for future expansion, with plans to accommodate up to 13 rakes by the year 2031.
The 16 km elevated line will traverse along the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road, connecting Vikhroli to Lokhandwala and intersecting above the railway tracks on Central Railway and Western Railway.
This report outlines the progress and future plans for the construction of the Line 6 depot, which plays a pivotal role in enhancing the metro connectivity within Mumbai.