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Tender to manufacture ferries to be floated soon

The tender for manufacturing the modernised boats for the Rs 747-crore Water Metro project will be rolled out soon.

The tender documents prepared by AECOM Consortium, the general consultant of the project, comprising AECOM India Pvt Ltd, Urban Mass Transit Company Ltd and Zebec Marine Consultants and Service Pvt Ltd, has been submitted before the board of KfW, the German Development Agency providing external funding for the project.

 "Once KfW gives the nod, KMRL will float an international competitive bidding” said ," the official spokesperson of KMRL.

The tender will be finalized within three months and the delivery of the boats which will be as per the requirement will be within 10 months after the awarding the bid.

The boats are to be delivered within 10 months after awarding the bid.

 The project envisages the development of 16 routes, connecting 38 jetties across 10 islands and spans a total network of 76 km. The tender will be for rolling out 78 modernised boats. 

 The project is expected to be commissioned in April 2019, and KMRL managing director APM Mohammed Haneesh had said that the project will dynamically improve the water transport scenario in greater Kochi area by improving the living standards of thousands of people residing in small islands in and around the city.

Since the atmosphere is very breezy, the sources said, there is no need for air-conditioned ferries; however, “the final tender documents will have a clear specification on the type of ferries,” added the sources.

 The advanced ferries will have intelligent navigation system, passenger information system, GPS tracking and on-board Wi-Fi and surveillance systems which will match up with the comfort in Metro Rail. The ferries will also boost up KMRL's plans for a single ticketing system by acting as an efficient feeder system offering last mile connectivity.

The boats are expected to be delivered as per the requirement. It is expected the first phase of the project will see 20 boats being rolled out.


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