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Bids open for Lagos rail design and build project

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Bids open for Lagos rail design and build project

Post  Admin on Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:45 am

Two rail lines planned for Lagos inched to reality with the opening of bids for the "design and build" components of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Project.

Lagos State Government has pledged two rail lines – Red line (Agbado to Marina) and Blue line (Okokomaiko to Marina) planned to be operational by 2011.

Government would fund the construction of the infrastructure for the two lines and on completion concession to the private sector for operations over an agreed number of years.

Four reputable contractors submitted bids for the three lots for the design and build components. The bids submitted included the technical and financial proposals from the different contractors.

Only the technical proposals were opened, according to the guidelines earlier released by the state government. The financial proposals would be opened after the evaluation of the technical proposals.

At the bids opening witnessed by high ranking officials of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Engr. Abiodun Fajobi, LAMATA’s Director of Road Maintenance, who represented the Managing Director, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, said the event underscored the commitment of the Babatunde Raji Fashola administration to implement two rail lines for Lagos.

Fajobi said the event was the first in the nation’s history where a state government was committed to building rail lines aimed at transporting over 1.6 million passengers daily in a city where more than eight million people rely on public transport.

"There is no doubt that these projects are going to be of immense benefits to the people. Apart from reducing their transportation expenses, it would create jobs; encourage building of industrial parks along the corridor. There will also be development of real estates along the corridor", he stated.

Shortly after the bids had been opened, Abiodun Dabiri, Senior Specialist Procurement warned the bidders against pilling pressure of LAMATA to know result of the bids.

"We don’t want any contractor to call us. If we want any clarification, we will send e-mail to the concerned contractor. We will ensure that all the bidders are copied. This is the only way we can have a level-playing field," he stated.

Three investors’ forums were held in Lagos, Dubai and London last year to unveil the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) projects with a view to looking for investors who after completion of the rail lines would provide the rolling stock and run the system over an agreed number of years under a concession agreement.


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