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MMRDA reissues six Thane infrastructure tenders after technical glitches


The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has reissued six infrastructure tenders aimed at improving Thane's connectivity. These projects, valued between INR 2.25 crore and INR 12.98 crore, include coastal roads, creek bridges, and elevated corridors. Originally announced pre-2024 Lok Sabha elections, the tenders were cancelled due to technical issues on the National Informatics Centre portal and have now been reissued with modifications. Key changes include reducing the defect liability period from five to two years. Construction periods range from 30 to 48 months, including time for approvals and accounting for monsoons. The bid submission deadline is July 12, with a pre-bid meeting scheduled at MMRDA's BKC office.

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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has reissued six tenders for infrastructure projects aimed at improving connectivity to Thane. These tenders, originally announced before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, were initially planned to be opened post-election but were cancelled and have now been reintroduced with modifications. The projects include the construction of the Thane Coastal Road from Balkum to Gaimukh (INR 12.98 crore), a creek bridge from Kasarvadavali to Kharbao (INR 7.26 crore), extension of the Eastern Express Highway from Ghatkopar to Thane (INR 12.80 crore), a creek bridge from Gaimukh to Paygaon (INR 4.64 crore), an elevated road from NH-4 to Katai Naka (INR 9.43 crore), and an elevated road from Kalyan Murbad to Badlapur Road (INR 2.25 crore).

The reissuance was necessitated by technical issues with the National Informatics Centre (NIC) portal, which is used for government procurement and tendering. MMRDA was unable to upload a corrigendum containing common deviations and suggestions from potential bidders, including a reduction in the defect liability period from five to two years. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled at MMRDA's BKC office, with the bid submission deadline set for July 12 at 5 PM.

The construction periods for these projects vary: three projects have a 48-month timeline, two have 42 months, and one has 30 months. These durations include time for obtaining environmental clearances and approvals, and account for the monsoon season. All projects now have a defect liability period of 24 months post-construction, reduced from the original five years. This change, along with other modifications, is reflected in the reissued tenders.

The reissuance of these tenders highlights MMRDA's commitment to enhancing Thane's connectivity through significant infrastructure development. The projects, once completed, are expected to greatly improve transportation links in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, particularly benefiting Thane and its surrounding areas.

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