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 Coal Mining sees all-time high tendering activity in Q1/FY21

The Coal Mining sector never saw tenders worth Rs 14,618 crore being issued in Q1/FY21. This is the highest quantum of tenders in terms of value issued in any one quarter so far.

Along with the announcement of economic package in May 2020, the Union government also opened the coal mining to private players. Under this scheme, 41 coal blocks were earmarked for auctioning. The move is part of a series of announcements made by the government under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan.

In all, 63 tenders with an aggregate value of Rs 14,618 crore were published in the Coal Mining sector during Q1/FY21. The most notable tender in the sector was issued by the Central Coalfields for development and operationalisation of Kotre Basantpur Pachmo OCP for 25 years in MDO mode in West Bokaro Coalfieds, worth Rs 1,997.7 crore.

The Q1/FY21 witnessed a 13.6 percent increase in the tendering activities by the Central government agencies. As against tenders valued at Rs 75,173 crore issued in Q4/FY20, 1,330 tenders worth Rs 85,404 crore were issued in Q1/FY21. The increase indicates the intention of the Central government to step up the infrastructure building activities in the coming quarters.

Among the Central government agencies, the most notable tender was floated by the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL), the company engaged in the development of National Highways, decided to undertake construction of (i) connecting road from Z-Morh Tunnel to Zojila Tunnel and (ii) 14.150 km long bi-directional tunnel across Zojila Pass on Sonamarg-Kargil section of NH-01 in the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh on EPC mode. The estimated cost of the tender is Rs 4,429.83 crore.

A total of 67 mega tenders (worth Rs 500 crore and above) were issued in Q1/FY21 with a cumulative value of Rs 90,084 crore. These mega value tenders accounted for a share of around 51 percent of the total tenders issued during the quarter. Most of these mega tenders were issued in the Roadways sector.

In all, 5,493 project tenders for various work orders worth Rs 1,74,853 crore were issued in Q1/FY21.

The most notable tender of the quarter was issued by the Irrigation & CAD Department, Telangana, for the Kaleshwaram Project Link-II (Package-I). The scope of work includes additional 1.10 TMC-Drawl and lifting of 1.10 TMC of water per day (361 cumecs) from the foreshore of SYP to Devikonda Reservoir, including approach channel, gravity canal, forebay, Pump House-I at Velgatoor (V&M), Jagityal District, EM & HM works, pressure mains, delivery cistern and improvements to Devikonda reservoir with associated CD&CM works worth Rs 6,167.31 crore.

The Irrigation & CAD Department, Telangana, invited a total of eight tenders for various works under the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project with a cumulative value Rs 21,458 crore.

Accounting for 17.03 percent of the total tender value, the Irrigation sector witnessed 319 tenders worth Rs 29,772 crore being floated in Q1/FY21.

Three nodal agencies — the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDC) and the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) issued 275 tenders worth Rs 39,654 crore and accounted 67 percent of the tenders issued during Q1/FY21. Overall, the Roadways sector saw 1,551 tenders worth Rs 58,830 crore being floated.

Apart from the Zozila Tunnel tender, the other notable tenders issued in the sector were:

  • NHIDCL invited bids for design, engineering, procurement, supply & construction of a four-lane bridge including approaches over Brahmaputra River between Dhubri on North Bank & Phulbari on South Bank in the states of Assam/Meghalaya on NH-127B (length-20 km) worth Rs 3,548.5
  • MoRTH through the Road Construction Department, Bihar, invited bids for construction of a new four-lane bridge (parallel to the existing MG Setu) across river Ganga on NH-19 at Patna worth Rs2,411.5
  • NHAI invited bids for four-laning of Rajauli-Bakhtiyarpur Section of NH-31 (New NH-20) from 101.630 km to 152.520 km (Package-III) in the state of Bihar on HAM basis worth Rs 1,987.52

Water supply sector saw issuance of 483 tenders worth Rs 24,352 crore and accounted for around 14 percent of the total tender value floated in Q1/FY21. The most notable tender in the sector was issued by the Uttar Pradesh State Water & Sanitation Mission for implementation of Khatan group of villages water supply scheme in Banda district.The value of the tender was Rs 1,432.31 crore.

The Uttar Pradesh State Water & Sanitation Mission issued 87 tenders with a cumulative value of Rs 17,653 crore for various works of village water supply scheme & piped ground water supply schemes across Banda, Chitrakut, Hamirpur, Jhansi, Jalaun, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Mirzapur, Sonbhadra districts in the state.

The Healthcare sector saw 312 tenders with a total value of Rs 4,095 crore being floated. A mega value tender worth Rs 1,549 crore was issued in the sector by the Central Public Works Department for construction of AIIMS at Awantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The project will see development of hospital block of 750 beds, Ayush block, night shelter, teaching/academic block, hostels, residential quarters, service blocks and other buildings.

Among the states, the top 10 – Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha, Kerala and Rajasthan – accounted for 44.83 percent of the total tenders announced across the country during Q1/FY21.

Major consultancy tenders

  • Kochi Metro Rail for detailed structural design for elevated viaduct and one elevated station from S N Junction to Thripunithura of Phase-1B.
  • The Department of Ports, Andhra Pradesh, for Project Management Consultancy (PMC) for development of a greenfield port at Bhavanapadu.
  • RVNL for detailed design & PMC services for construction of tunnels, bridges, formation including service buildings, staff quarters and other allied works from Castle Rock (ch 25.500) to Kulem (ch 50.200) in connection with doubling of BG rail link between Tinaighat and Vasco (95 km) in the states of Karnataka and Goa.
  • RVNL for PMC services for construction of a new BG Line from 78 km (excluding Yavatmal Station) to 157 km (near Digras Station) of the Central Railway in Maharashtra.
  • The Public Works Department, Assam, for consultancy services for construction of new medical colleges at Goalpara, Biswanath and Sivasagar districts.
  • The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) for detailed design & engineering for Greenfield Vadhavan Port Project.
  • Engineering Projects India for design consultancy work of Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) system package of Ramagundam Super Thermal Power Station, Stage-III (1×500 MW).

In all, 5,493 project tenders worth Rs 1,74,853 crore were published during Q1/FY21. Among the floated tenders, 828 were for providing various consultancy services. It also witnessed 26 global tenders being published for providing various services and execution of works.

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