The Minister of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology (MoTCIT) has opened the financial bid for the first consultancy study (phase 1 pre-feasibility outline) for the Muscat Metro, which has been in the planning stages for some time now.
As per details available on the Tender Board website, F&M Middle East Engineering Consultancy is the only company that has submitted the bid.
F&M Middle East has been associated with a few projects including the Oman Expo pavilion in Dubai
The last date for the submission of the bid was February 5.
The opening of the consultancy bid is the first step towards the implementation of the metro rail project in the capital, which will be also the first of its kind in the country.
Explaining the scope of the work, the ministry said, “The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MoTCIT) is seeking to contract a reputable consultant to support the ministry in delivering key decisions pertaining to the Muscat metro Project.”
It added, “This project is identified as a key Mass Transit requirement stipulated by various studies, and MoTCIT as the owner of the project, requires this support to be done in a cost-effective, safe, and in full compliance with the standards, specifications and terms and conditions of the contract.”
The upgradation of the public transport system will be key as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning embarks on the ambitious Greater Muscat Development Plan.
The project aims to accommodate the increasing future population, attract investment, develop transportation, raise the quality of services, strengthen infrastructure, and protect the environment.
The Greater Muscat project will focus on making the capital easy to navigate with the provision of an integrated transport network suitable for sports and health activities.
Giving importance to transport and logistics sectors such as roads, ports, and airports, Eng Said bin Hamoud al Maawali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MoTCIT), said, “Studies have been conducted on the economic impact of the Muscat Metro through a special technical team established in this regard to avoid any problems in the long run.”