Sources said that K-RIDE, a joint venture of the Ministry of Railways and the state government which is implementing the project, has not yet received the green signal from the Infrastructure Development Department (IDD), which reports of Minister V Somanna. This despite L&T quoting around 3% less than K-RIDE’s estimate.
A few more months delay for a project that was first proposed almost 40 years ago may seem like a small problem, but it lends ambiguity to the state’s intentions and lends credence to allegations of corruption. and deemed commissions. The benefits of a reliable rail system for a city like Bangalore cannot be overstated, especially after rain earlier this week stranded hundreds of airport-bound passengers. This government was keen to ensure the implementation of its 2022-23 budget proposals. Can he extend the same determination to this project too?
“The tender for the civil works for the Mallige line was launched in November 2021 and opened in March 2022. L&T quoted Rs 849.9 crore, much lower than Afcons Infrastructure (Rs 1,219.7 crore ) and NCC (Rs 1,582.5 crore). Surprisingly, it was also lower than our estimate. . . Ideally, it would have taken only 2-3 weeks to issue a work order after the tender opened, but it was delayed for various reasons,” a source from K-RIDE said.
Egis-Louis Berger-AECOM JV is the general consultant for the project. Meanwhile, K-RIDE has not yet issued a tender for the Heelalige-Yelahanka-Rajanukunte (Kanaka) line. K-RIDE General Manager Amit Garg was unavailable for comment.
A senior K-RIDE official said, “We will issue a work order to L&T at the next boarding meeting, scheduled for next week. Financial estimates for the Kanaka line are being prepared. We plan to launch the tender by the end of the month. ”
Garg is on deputation to KRIDE of Indian Railways. “His deputation ends in June. The state government has yet to clear the record of its extension. Garg was instrumental in building this organization from the ground up and his transfer will further jeopardize the project,” the source added.
Bring the project under CM, say activists
Activists want the commuter rail project to be placed under the supervision of the chief minister. Rajkumar Dugar, Founder of Citizens for Citizens, said: “IDD Minister Somanna previously told the council that commuter rail works would start from March 2022, but we are still at the plank stage. If the CM could manage the metro, why not the commuter train as well? This will speed up the work and improve coordination between the agencies. After decades of delay, the project was approved a long time ago. two years but no work has started on the ground. If the Prime Minister had laid the first stone, at least some work would have been accelerated.” Pruthvin Reddy, a rail enthusiast, called on the CM to organize meetings of periodic review on metro and commuter rail.