Feb 26

Tenders invited for re-construction of 1,000-pillar mandapam

25TMGPSHI-W025__26_2751990fIn an effort to bring back the glory of the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateswara, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams has invited the much-awaited tenders for the re-construction of the ancient thousand pillar mandapam that was razed to the ground in the initial years of this century.

The ancient structure that once stood majestically opposite the main temple complex was pulled down by the TTD as part of implementing its ambitious master plan aimed at de-congesting the area. In the changed scenario, the TTD now wants to re-construct the structure at the sprawling Narayanagiri gardens. The estimated cost of the project is put around Rs.18 crore and work is expected to be completed in one year.

The structure, which is expected to come up in a total of 88,245 sq feet, is being designed in such a way that it meets both the present and future requirements of the management. Broadly, the quadrilateral structure will be constructed with four rows of pillars with abundant open space in the middle that will serve as a cushion to meet the future requirements. According to one opinion, the open space of about 20,000 sq ft available at the centre of the mandapam is ideally suited for the construction of a massive hall sufficient enough to accommodate more than 3,000 pilgrims at any point of time.

The structure, which is being developed on the lines of multi-purpose utility, will serve as a resting platform during the lean period and as an absorbent during the days of heavy crowds. Even though it was earlier thought to use all the extracted pillars of the erstwhile mandapam, the TTD is rather constrained to use only 384 pillars given the variation in the height of the new structure.

March 1 is being fixed as the last date for the receipt of tenders and the financial bids are likely to be opened only after examining the eligibility criteria wherein the bidders are required to fulfil all the stipulations mentioned in the tender schedule. Given the unique nature of the construction which demands both civil and Sthapati works laced with that of ornamentation, the TTD has allowed participation of both civil contractors and sculptors in the bidding.

Project details

Estimated cost put at Rs. 18 crore

March 1 is last date for receipt of tenders

Both civil contractors and sculptors to be allowed to bid

The structure will come up in 88,245 sq ft

About 20,000 sq ft open space will be available at the centre

More than 3,000 pilgrims will be accommodated at any point of time

Feb 20

Govt to Soon Issue a Tender for Rural BPO Scheme

NEW DELHI: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the government will soon issue a tender for rural BPO scheme.

Prasad said as many as 78 companies have shown interest to set up BPO operations at 190 locations across the country for about 1,25,000 seats.”Very soon we are going to have a tender for the BPO scheme,” Prasad said during a Dun & Bradstreet conference here.

The government had approved ‘India BPO Promotion Scheme’ ( IBPS) for promoting of BPO/ITeS operations across the country with an outlay of about Rs 493 crore.As part of the scheme, about 48,300 seats have been planned with distribution across states and UTs based on population percentage as per Census 2011 excluding metro cities.
Feb 19

India to issue tenders for consultant for Colachel port by March

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

Feb 15

Airports Authority of India anticipates more tenders

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 airport director 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

Feb 10

Government may soon come out with tenders for 2-4 GW solar power

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
Feb 03

Freight corridor: Rs 17,500 crore tenders to be finalised by March

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