Metro project stuck again as govt delays inviting offers from developers

The Lucknow metro rail project is stuck yet again with the government reconsidering its decision to develop the project on 'turn-key' basis.

The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) has as of now delayed inviting offers to develop the project even as the terms and conditions of the tender process has was cleared by a

sub-committee, formed under Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Planning department, Sadakant, over a week ago.

Sources in LMRC said the state government had to invite tenders from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) — the only two public sector enterprises who have experience in metro rail project development.

A High Power Committee, headed by Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani, had held a meeting on December 17 in this regard.

Usmani had directed the sub-committee to give a final shape to the draft of terms and conditions for inviting offers within a week. With these documents, LMRC had to invite offers from RVNL and DMRC.

Besides, the HPC had also decided to develop the project on turn-key basis and to lay the foundation stone within a month.

LMRC Managing Director Rajeev Aggarwal confirmed that offers have not been invited from DMRC and RVNL. "The documents are drafted and the meeting of the sub-committee was also held. Process for selection of a developer would be started soon," Aggarwal said.

DMRC is an interim consultant in the Lucknow metro project so far and it had prepared the project's Detailed Project Report (DPR).

The state government was earlier interested to award the project to DMRC on turn-key basis.

But the latter denied to provide its terms of reference and make any commitment to take the project following the intervention of then Congress-ruled Delhi government. The GoI on December 26 had given its in-principle approval to the North South corridor of the project.

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