Friday, June 29, 2007

RITES-led consortium is consultant for metro

RITES-led consortium is consultant for metro

Govind D. Belgaumkar

The consortium will give advise on all aspects of the project implementation

The consortium will be responsible for any deficiency of work by contractors

BANGALORE: Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. has appointed Rail India Technical and Economic Services-led consortium as its consultants for the Rs. 6,400-crore metro rail.

The consultancy is worth about Rs. 205 crore. The Japan Bank for International Cooperation is funding the consultancy.

The RITES-led consortium has teamed up with the PCI, Japan, PB Group, U.S. and SYSTRA of France.

The BMRC signed a memorandum of understanding with the RITES-led consortium on June 21 after the JBIC approved the BMRC selection.

Under the agreement, according to BMRC sources, the consortium will employ local talent for 8,851 months and foreign personnel for 561 months to ensure proper implementation of the project.

It will get Rs. 136 crore, $ 95.45 lakh (or Rs. 31.2 crore) and 1.1148 billion Japanese yen (or Rs. 37 crore).

The consortium will give their advice on all aspects of the commissioning of the metro. It will render project management consultancy during the implementation.

Besides monitoring the quality of work, the consultant will advise the BMRC on ongoing survey and investigation works; figure out exact location of the metro’s elevated and underground tracks; seamless travel to ensure that people can easily shift from one mode of transport to another; electrical studies for final capacity and rating of all equipment; design and development of stations; coordinating and arranging training for BMRC personnel.

The scope of work of the General Consultants includes supervision and coordinating commissioning of the system.

The consortium will be responsible for any deficiency in the performance of contractors.

The BMRC has said that urgency of taking corrective measures, including removing deficiencies, lies with the General Consultant.


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