Mumbai: The government will issue tenders by March to find a consultant for the proposed transhipment port planned at Colachel in Tamil Nadu, Union minister of shipping and road transport Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday.
Colachel, Sagar in West Bengal and Wadhawan at Dahanu in Maharashtra will be the three new greenfield ports on the Indian coast, he said on the sidelines of the Make in India Week event in Mumbai.
“We have already initiated investments worth Rs.80,000 crore for mechanisation, modernisation and computerisation of ports under Sagarmala project,” he said.
Colachel is being promoted as transshipment hub because of deep drought of 18.5 metres as compared to Vizhinjam in Kerala, N. Muruganandam, managing director, Indian Ports Association said.
The Vizhinjam port, being developed by Adani Group, was also considered to be promoted as a transhipment hub to capture the container business. Several international ports like Singapore and Jebel Ali have more than one transshipment hubs.
Murugandandam said the southern tip of India is ideally suited for the transshipment terminal. Continue reading →
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has revealed it is to expand duty-free operations to its other international airports in the country via a tender process following the award of concessions across nine airports to Flemingo International last month.
DFNI online asked Chennai International airportdirector Deepak Shastri what the next step was for AAI: “At present, we look forward to expanding our duty-free shops to other airports having international operations, through tender process.”
He added AAI plans to develop retail/duty-free “in a way to provide maximum options to the travelling public and also to exploit huge potential it has on offer to enhance our revenues through these activities”.
India’s international airports include the recent nine concessions awarded to Flemingo: Chennai, Kolkata, Calicut, Trichy, Mangalore, Goa, Ahmadabad, Amritsar and Lucknow airports, as well as Guwahati, Varanasi, Jaipur, Trivandrum, Combatore, Tiruchirapalli, Srinagar, Nagpur, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengalaru and Cochin.
Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bengalaru airports have been developed as public-private partnerships (PPP), the former pair by a GMR-led consortia and the next two by GVK-led consortia. The four airports accounted for 53% of total passenger traffic handled by Indian airports in FY2014, according to CAPA India. Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) was the first airport in India to be built under a PPP. Continue reading →
BRISBANE: The government is planning to bring out large tenders for producing 2-4 giga-watts (GW) of solar power, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said today.
“We are looking at coming out with 2-4 GW of solar power tenders. This will lead to economies of scale as large players will come as well as large capital…” Goyal told reporters on the sidelines of the India-Australia Energy Dialogue here.
The country’s grid-connected solar power generation capacity has crossed the 5,000 MW mark.
The government has set an ambitious target of generating 100 GW of solar power by 2021-22 under the National Solar Mission. It is envisaged to generate 60 GW ground mounted grid-connected solar power and 40 GW roof-top grid interactive solar power to meet the target.
The Power ministry has also fixed year-wise targets to monitor the solar power generation in the country. The target for the current year is 2,000 MW and 12,000 MW for the next year. Continue reading →
VADODARA: Tenders worth Rs 17,500 crore related to dedicated freight corridor (DFC) project will be finalised by March, junior Railway Minister Manoj Sinha said.
Talking to reporters here, he said most of the land acquisition and statutory clearances for DFC have been completed or obtained. Project execution has also begun with the award of civil contracts for 1,100km route.
The ambitious Rs 81,459-crore project envisages freight rail lines along the western corridor between Delhi and Mumbai and the eastern corridor between Ludhiana and Howrah, running through Delhi.
Tenders worth Rs 17,500 crore on the western corridor will be finalised by March, he said.
Sinha, on a two-day visit of Vadodara division of Western Railway, said work on DFC, meant for faster movement of goods, will be completed in phases between 2017 and 2019.
Railways is constructing the western corridor from Dadri to Jawaharlal Nehru Port (1,502km) and the eastern corridor from Ludhiana to Dankuni (West Bengal) (1,840kms).
“Railways is constructing separate corridors to speed up transportation of goods. Prevailing scenario is not very good and everybody wants faster freight movement.” Continue reading →
NEW DELHI: Come April 1, all central ministries and public sector units will have to float e-tenders for procuring goods and services exceeding Rs 2 lakh, a move aimed at bringing transparency in government purchases.
At present, e-procurement is mandatory for purchases of Rs 5 lakh or more. Government procures goods, services and work contracts.
In January, the Expenditure Department had decided the tender value limit of Rs 10 lakh spent in respect of e-procurement would be brought down to Rs 5 lakh from April 1, 2015 and further down to Rs 2 lakh from April 1, 2016.
As per its instructions it is mandatory for all central ministries, departments and Central Public Sector Enterprises, and autonomous/statutory bodies to publish their tenders on the Central Procurement Portal( CPP) after a certain threshold limit.
In 2014-15, about 3.81 lakh e-tenders were floated worth Rs 2.12 lakh crore.
As per the latest data, in 2015-16 so far, 471,826 e-tenders have been floated entailing an amount about Rs 3.49 lakh crore.
Bulk of the tenders are floated by Railways followed by Central Public Works Department (PWD) and defence PSUs.
In the current fiscal so far, 3.56 lakh tenders were floated for goods, about 93,000 for work contracts and 22,342 for services.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development (MMRDA), in a bid to appoint consultants for implementing the 22-km-long Mumbai-Trans Harbour Link (MTHL,) has floated tenders (expression of interest) for appointing project management consultants (PMC) to assist the MMRDA and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
In the meantime, the MMRDA is also expecting a final clearance from the forest advisory committee of the Union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) via a formal notification.
Earlier this month, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “We have all the necessary clearances for the project now, and once the notification on is out, we will formally complete all the talks with JICA related to the financing of the project and also begin the process of tenders by March.”
JICA had earlier agreed to fund 80 per cent of the estimated project cost of Rs 11,000 crore and the remaining 20 per cent was proposed to be made available by the Centre.
“The expected period of the consultancy is going to be of around seven years. The work of the consultants will be mainly assisting MMRDA in pre-tender activities like bid process management, bid evaluation and also awarding work for the project in packages,” stated the tender document.
MMRDA plans to implement the project on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC – Design Build) basis. It also plans to have a team of 100 executive engineers working on the project. They plan to recruit 30 executive engineers for the project and the JICA and also the potential consultants will appoint remaining staff.
New Delhi, Oct 6: Government will float tenders early next year to lease out sea blocks to companies for setting up wind farm projects along the 7,600-km coastline. ”Tenders will be floated in three months time to invite companies for setting up of offshore wind farms,” New and Renewable Energy Secretary Upendra Tripathy said on the sidelines of a conference.
On blocks to be offered in the first round of the bidding, Tripathy said, “The number of offshore blocks will depend on clearance from Defence Ministry and others.”About the consideration for the bidding, he said, “It will be tariff based bidding. The companies quoting lower tariff of electricity will be considered.”
The government is in the process finalising the tenders, he said. The Cabinet had last month approved the National Offshore Wind Energy Policy for harnessing this clean source of energy by setting up wind mills in sea as well as research and development activities.
According to policy, the offer of blocks will be made through an open International Competitive Bidding (ICB) process.The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) will enter into contract with successful bidder and collect lease fee from them during survey, construction and operations. Continue reading →
NEW DELHI: The transport department has decided to procure more buses and has identified land to develop depots for cluster buses. Sources said that the transport department invited expression of interest (EOI) at a global level to provide CNG and electric buses in different capacities.
Based on this EOI, procurement of buses will be done for arterial roads and feeder buses for smaller roads.
The department, along with DIMTS, has finalised sites for cluster bus depots at Karkari Nahar and Rewla Khanpur which will be developed by DTTDC, Dichaon Kalan and Dwarka which will be developed by DIMTS and 19 acres at Rani Khera which will developed by DSIIDC. These will be constructed and made operational by March 2016.
DTC is also in the process of procuring 1,000 buses under the cluster scheme for which depot space will be provided by DTC itself. It has also given a work order for automatic fare collection system. A pilot is already in process and by March 31, 2016, a pilot will be carried out in 200 buses. Continue reading →
Tenders are being called for the redevelopment of the Loxton Research Centre.
It is being funded by a $7.5 million allocation from the South Australian River Murray Sustainability program.
The new building is designed to be a hub for key industry research, education, business and support entities.
Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said tenders closed in four weeks and he anticipated construction would begin early next year.
“Look, I’m ecstatic about it, I strongly encourage local people to put the tenders in,” he said.
“Whatever we do we try and encourage the locals to participate in these, if they don’t put tenders in well then they are not in the running.
“The Riverland itself has great opportunities and potential and this is going to do great service there.”
He said the centre would improve the region’s unemployment rate.
“You’re going to employ ‘x’ number of full-time equivalent at the end but there’s also a construction phase to get to that stage – carpenters, electricians, plumbers and goodness knows what else,” he said.
“I’m dying to get back there to look around again and talk about the emerging opportunities in the Riverland, there is a lot of innovative thinking down that way there.”