Four top urban transport firms in the country have thrown their hat into the ring for bagging the contract of preparing a pre-feasibility-cum-detailed project report for the proposed Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) for Lucknow.
A high-level committee headed by chief secretary Javed Usmani will now take a call on a selection process based on quality and price for awarding the project contract once the offers received are scrutinised and evaluated. “Those who qualify for the job would then be asked to make a presentation before the high level government panel on the approach and methodology they intend to adopt for the project,” said an official.
He said the response for the project was good given the fact there were only half-a-dozen companies that had expertise in the field and the state government had refused to entertain offers from joint-venture firms. “We had received numerous queries from all over the country from agencies, who wanted to participate on joint-venture basis but we turned down the requests,” the official said. The deadline for drafting DPR and pre-feasibility report for Lucknow BRTS is seven months.
The companies vying for the contract are Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC), SREI, Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System and Egis India Consulting Engineers' Private Limited. Notable absentees who did not show interest in the project include Rail India Technical Engineering Services (RITES) and Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), a pioneer credited with the successful launch of the BRTS service in Ahmedabad.