Even as India continues to face aggression by China along the LAC and the Indian Army is engaged in a standoff with the Chinese PLA for the last 8 months, the Modi government has awarded the contract to construct a 5.6-kilometre underground stretch for the Delhi-Meerut RRTS project to a Shanghai-based company.
NH had reported in June 2020 that the contract, worth Rs 1,126 crore, was awarded to Chinese multinational construction company Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co. Ltd. (STEC) for the construction of the underground stretch after the firm emerged as the lowest bidder for the construction of the tunnel.However, an official announcement to this effect was made recently by the government, reported PTI.
STEC will construct the underground stretch from New Ashok Nagar to Sahibabad.
The NCRTC, which is executing the country’s first Regional Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS), said the contract was awarded following the set procedure and guidelines.
“Approvals have to be taken at various levels for bids that are funded by multilateral agencies. This bid was also awarded following the set procedure and guidelines. Now, all the civil work tenders of the 82-km-long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor have been awarded and the construction is going on in full swing to commission the project in time,” an NCRTC spokesperson said.
The 82-km-long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor is being funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and procurement is governed by the guidelines of the bank and govt.