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STANDING COMMITTEE TENDERING RAISES SUSPICION – RS 4.12 CRORES BID APPROVED FOR SCIENTIFIC CLOSURE OF KOPERKHAIRNE DUMPING GROUND

standing-report-1The Standing Committee last week unanimously approved the bid of Bharuch Enviro Infrastructure ltd. for the scientific closure of the Koperkhairne Dumping ground at a cost of Rs.4.12 crores. We bring to you a report. Navi Mumbai News Special Correspondent from NMMC Vishwarath Nayar reports that inspite of the manner in which the bidders for the over Rs. 4 crore project are qualified or disqualified by the technical committee of NMMC, being apparently suspicious, not a word was uttered on the same by either the ruling or the opposition member in the standing committee. However, the present bid being 3.01% below the estimated budget, one member of the standing committee claimed that the committee was successfully in breaking the ring of bidder and saving huge amount for the corporation. The same committee has been sanctioning bids 10 to 24% above estimated budgets; hence, lack of standard parameters while issuing tenders for works from the same department is blatantly evident in the corporation. This week, the Mumbai Municipal Corporation too, has decided to cut costs by cutting down on inefficiency drawn up tenders. How else would the technical committee disqualifying parties that are undertaking project worth crores in the corporation, state and worldwide? This was evident in the contract awarded for the Kalamboli-Digha water pipeline project to Pratibha Industries Ltd., the Thane-Belapur Road project, the NMMC headquarters and in the present work at Koperkhairne. The connivance of the technical committee and the tender drafting official to favor a particular contractor is clearly evident when reputed contractors are declared unfit to bid. Tender conditions are allegedly made lax or rigid to suit favorite contractors. BMC is spending Rs. 3 lakh to depute 20 official from various departments for training at the National Institute of Financial Management Faridabad Haryana. If NMMC follow the BMC initiative then improvements in the tendering process could upgrade civic services at lower costs and save huge revenue out of the huge amount budgeted for road and footpath improvements, pipelines, STP lines, school constructions and other civic works.

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