In a brazen move, the city’s planning agency proposes to hand over a Rs 2,375-crore Metro project to a Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium without calling for tenders.
“Rather than floating another tender for the Charkop-Dahisar line we are hoping to ask the contractor to build the Metro up to Dahisar. The clause in our concession agreement also allows us to do so,” metropolitan commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad had said.
In 2009, RInfra, in consortium with SNC Lavolin Inc. Canada and Reliance Communication had been awarded the contract to build the Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd line, which is part of the Mumbai Metro-2. The consortium, Mumbai Metro One Private Limited, now also wants to build the eight-km-long Charkop-Dahisar line.
“We have received a request from Mumbai Metro One Private Limited in implementing of the Charkop-Dahisar line in integration with the Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd line,” a senior MMRDA official said, on condition of anonymity.
Work on the Rs 2,375-crore Charkop-Dahisar line was to start in 2016 after completion of the first three Metro lines. But MMRDA officials now claim that the tendering process would take more than nine months and get time-consuming. This could mean that the MMRDA might hand over the Charkop-Dahisar line to the consortium without calling for tenders.
MMRDA officials claim that there is no legal hurdle in doing so. “A clause in the concessionaire agreement between the state government and Reliance allows the government to extend the work ambit by 20% of the total length of the Metro Rail,” an official said.
RInfra has also bagged the contract of building the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro line.