L&T Emerges As Lowest Bidder For Rs 31-Km Hyderabad Airport Metro Work


Construction and infrastructure giant Larsen and Toubro (L&T) has emerged as the lowest bidder for the civil construction and system procurement contract of 31-km Hyderabad Airport Metro project, according to the MetroRailGuy.

L&T and NCC Limited (formerly Nagarjuna Construction Company) were the two competing bidders in fray for the Rs 5,688-crore Hyderabad Airport Metro project.

The project will connect Mindspace Junction near Raidurg Metro Station to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at Shamshabad, with a travel time of 26 minutes.

Earlier in May 2023, the Hyderabad Airport Metro Limited (HAML) had invited tenders through international competitive bidding for selection of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project.

While representatives of 13 national and global firms, including Alstom, Siemens, Tata Projects, IRCON, RVNL, BEML, PANDROL Rahee Technologies and L&T had evinced their interest in the project, only L&T and NCC submitted their bids.

The Rs 5,688 crore tender involves design and construction of all the civil structures, including elevated viaduct, underground structures, stations, track works, electrical and mechanical works, supply and commissioning of rolling stock (train sets), electric traction and power supply, signalling, telecommunications and train control systems, automatic fare collection gates etc.

Project Details

The foundation stone for the Hyderabad Airport Metro Project was laid by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on 9 December last year.

The 31-km metro corridor between Raidurg Metro Station and GMR International Airport Terminal Station will have an elevated portion of 29.3 km and underground portion of 1.7 km.

Hyderabad Airport Metro Alignment map (HAML)

It will have nine stations, including one underground metro station adjacent to the airport terminal and a provision has also been incorporated into the project to have four additional stations in the future. 

The project which is fully funded by the state government, is being built by Telangana government’s special purpose vehicle HAML, under the second phase of the Hyderabad Metro.

HAML is a joint venture between Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority and Telangana State Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation.

The proposed project trains will be running at 120 kmph providing fast commute with likelihood of airport check-in at the starting point.

The HAML will now recommend the name of L&T to the Telangana state government for the award of contract, and a ground breaking ceremony is planned to take place in September, with a plan to complete the project within three years.