L&T, Afcons And NCC Submit Bids For Ahmedabad Station Redevelopment Project


Afcons Infrastructure Limited, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) have come forward to submit bids for the Rs 3,000 crore Ahmedabad station re-development project.

Three bids were received for Ahmedabad station, the Railways said on Monday (13 March).

Now these bids would be evaluated for technical qualification and after that the tender committee would open the bids to those who are technically qualified.

In September last year, the union cabinet had approved the Indian Railways’ proposal for the re-development of New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai’s CSMT railway station at an estimated investment of approximately Rs 10,000 crore.

The bids for New Delhi station were opened last week and on Monday (13 March) a tender was opened for Ahmedabad station.

Though Adani Realty, Tata Projects and Shapoorji Pallonji Construction had participated in the pre-bid meeting, finally they did not come forward for the Ahmedabad station re-development project.

The project envisages a new city centre at the station by integrating both sides of the city through an elevated road network and through multi-modal integration of bullet train, metro, BRT and the railway station.

The design of re-developed Ahmedabad station has been inspired by the iconic Modhera Sun Temple in Gujarat.

The station re-development programme is a flagship programme of the government of India. The re-development project will be carried out in the engineering, procurement, and construction mode.

Rail Land Development Authority, a statutory authority under the Ministry of Railways, has been entrusted with the task of redevelopment of many iconic stations.

The re-developed station will be built as an iconic new architecture with distinctive towers towards Kalupur side — to become a new landmark for the city of Ahmedabad.

In order to decongest the roads near the station, a 13 km lane of elevated road network all-around has been planned.

A 15-acre roof plaza has been planned over the railway tracks which shall be the waiting area for the passengers — where all facilities like toilets, drinking water, retail kiosk, baby care rooms etc shall be available.

The roof plaza shall also integrate the railway station with the bullet train station, metro station, as well as BRT corridor, city buses and taxis.

No development is planned in restricted areas around the Brick Minar and Shaking Minarets, both of which are ASI-protected monuments within the station area.

An amphi-theatre, inspired by Adalaj stepwell, is planned, to provide welcoming open spaces for the local population as well as station users.

The station re-development is intrinsically linked to urban rejuvenation. The redevelopment of these stations will offer world-class amenities to passengers and enhance their travel experience.

The project will also lead to a multiplier effect on the local economy to boost retail, real estate and tourism sectors and generate employment opportunities.