In the absence of bidders ready to undertake an integrated transport hub project, MSCL reduces project costs
In the absence of bidders ready to undertake an integrated transport hub project, Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) reduces project costs. MSCL plans to reduce the cost of the project from Rs 490 crore to Rs 150 crore.
Mangalou: We learn that after three consecutive unsuccessful tenders, Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) has decided to reduce the cost of the proposed integrated transport center project in the city. Although the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has 7.23 acres set aside for a new integrated transport hub near the Pumpwell flyover, the project is still at the proposal stage, due to a lack of bidders. With three tenders not attracting any bidders, MSCL plans to implement the project with a new design and revised project cost. As a result, the cost of the project will be reduced from Rs 490 crore to Rs 150 crore.
In fact, the MSCL intends to develop the Integrated Transport Hub, which includes an integrated bus station with a shopping mall and leisure center, and a centralized and integrated bus station to include inter-city, intra-city buses. and intra-state near the Pumpwell Junction. The project will have ancillary passenger facilities, ample parking spaces, food stalls, hotels, commercial spaces and other amenities.
7.23 acre land near the Pumpwell flyover, reserved for the Integrated Transport Hub project
MCC Mayor Premanand Shetty, who is also director of MSCL, told media that the new design with reduced project cost will be approved and the re-tendering process will begin soon. Speaking to Mangalorean MSCL team general manager, Arun Prabha, said, “Very soon a new detailed project report will be prepared, scaling down the project. We issued three calls for tenders for the project, but could not find any bidders to accept it. Therefore, we have abandoned all previous plans regarding the project. We held several consultations with various stakeholders and decided to scale down the project. We plan to reduce the cost of the project from Rs 490 crore to Rs 150 crore. We are in the process of preparing a new detailed project report for the project. Very soon, calls for tenders will be launched for the new project.
The project will be implemented on the public-private partnership (PPP) model within the framework of the smart city project. After finalization of the offer, the contracting company must complete the work within three years. The project will have a bus terminal with 180 bus docks and facilities for private bus services and KSRTC. Bus facilities for long-distance buses will be created separately. A shopping center with 10 lakh square feet of space, offices, multi-level parking for the general public, etc. were included in the project. It is a whole new concept of bus station in the state. Those who get the contract under the PPP model will hold it for 40 years and then hand the bus stop over to Mangaluru City Corporation.
The 7.23-acre private land for the bus station was acquired in 2009. It has been almost three years since mud-leveling work resumed. In the past, it has been proposed to start a bus stop in this space by placing locks on an experimental basis and the possibility of placing the bus stop elsewhere has also been discussed. After considering alternatives such as Padil and Kulur, Pumpwell ultimately remained the place of choice for the modern bus stop. At present, the service bus station has been operating temporarily in the space intended for the hockey field near Nehru Maidan for the past 24 years.