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Nine bidders for city metro

Guwahati, Jan. 8: The Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has received bids from nine consultancy services from across the country for a feasibility study and preparation of the detailed project report of its ambitious metro rail project in Guwahati.

From among the nine bidders, the GMDA will select one next month to prepare the detailed project report.

The finally selected consultancy service will study possibility of laying 196km of rail road covering 2,205 square km in the city.

In the first phase, the report will be prepared for 65km of rail road.

The consultancy services that took part at the bidding were OM ASIA Company Ltd, RITES Ltd and Ayesa lngenieria Arguitectura SAU from Gurgaon, Geodata Engineering, Yooshin Engineering lndia Pvt Ltd, SYSTRA and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation from New Delhi, EGIS Rail from Haryana and Jacobs Engineering lndia Private Ltd from Mumbai.

Sources said the Guwahati metro rail project would be executed with the help of “special-purpose” vehicle.

On November 20 last year, consultants from various countries, including France, the US, Germany, Spain and Japan had a meeting with GMDA officials on the issue.

In March last year, the state government announced its ambitious scheme of setting up metro rail for Guwahati and earmarked Rs 1,800 crore for it. In July, the Centre extended Rs 25 crore to Dispur to carry out a feasibility study for the project.

Guwahati will join nine other cities that boast a metro rail project, either operational or under construction, if the feasibility report backs the project.

The cities are Jaipur, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta, Bangalore and Kochi.

The first phase of the 65km project will see construction start from the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport to Narengi, the second phase from Paltan Bazar to Khanapara and the third from Khanapara to Jalukbari.

Guwahati, according to the 2011 census, has a population of 9.63 lakh.

With a daily floating population of nearly two lakh, there is lot of traffic congestion.