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Government Calls for Expression of Interest for Mauritius Light Rail Transit Project

Date: February 12, 2013
Domain:Public Infrastructure
Persona: Citizen; Government
 

GIS - Feb 12, 2013: The Ministry of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping, through its Mass Transit Unit (MTU) has recently called for an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the Mauritius Light Rail Transit (MLRT) project, through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.

Interested parties are requested to submit a non-binding response to the EOI, for consideration by the Ministry with a view to short-listing bidders for further participation in the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage of the MLRT procurement. Registration details for the EOI may be obtained via the MLRT project website: www.mauritiuslightrapidtransit.com. The MLRT project will be procured as a public private partnership in accordance with the Public Private Partnership Act No 37 of 2004, as amended. Preliminary details of the public private partnership are set out in the EOI document.

Enquiries regarding the EOI notification have to be directed to the MLRT Project Team via e-mail at: mtu@mail.gov.mu. All potential EOI Respondents will be required to register on the website. Upon payment of a non-refundable registration fee of US$5 000 per registration, access to the EOI documents will be granted via the MLRT’s secure Electronic Data Room. The closing date for the submission of EOI is set for Friday 12 April 2013 at 15.00 hours (Mauritian time) and the submission must be made in accordance with the provisions of the EOI.

The MLRT project is a significant public transport infrastructure project and aims at alleviating traffic congestion by providing an affordable and sustainable public transport alternative within the Curepipe to Port Louis corridor. The project is being implemented in collaboration with the Singapore Corporation Enterprise (SCE), and works are scheduled to start by October 2014, with the possibility of completion within 3 to 5 years. The MTU is led by Dr. Koshik Reesaul, Principal Engineer.

The SCE is providing the determination of a feasible alignment for all LRT corridor between Curepipe and Port Louis, an economic analysis of the project, conceptual development and preliminary design stage to generate market interest in the project from relevant parties and to initiate calls to offers encrypted, and a thorough assessment of a possible extension to the north and south of the corridor Curepipe – Port Louis.

Increasing car ownership, a growing economy and limited options in terms of public transportation are causing increasing congestion during peak periods for commuter traffic. Mobility between Curepipe and Port Louis is effectively limited to two major road corridors. The Government of Mauritius is thus committed to establish new transit corridors through these city areas, together with the provision of a world-class, sustainable public transportation solution to serve commuters. The priority, with the MLRT, is thus to relieve the main road arteries, and also to review its existing bus network in order to achieve an efficient multi-modal public transport network that can serve Mauritius over the long term.

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