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‘No entry’ in BMC to ineligible contractors henceforth

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The members of Standing Committee alleged alliance between contractors and officers in Municipal Corporation so the contracts are awarded to specific companies only

bmcMumbai: The members of Standing Committee alleged alliance between contractors and officers in Municipal Corporation so the contracts are awarded to specific companies only. Companies participate in the tender to obtain Corporation’s contracts but they back out on the grounds of insufficient documents. These withdrawing companies should be barred from participating in next tenders, demands members of the Standing Committee. Not only had this but the President of committee instructed the Corporation about this. Daily ‘Prahaar’ had followed up this matter regularly.

When construction work of roads in eastern suburbs is already pending due to contractor’s conflicts, another project of cement-concreting of 11 roads in Mulund, Chembur, Kurla etc is opened; a contract of Rs 68 crore will be given for this project. When this proposal came to Standing Committee, Congress Corporator Pravin Chheda raised objection on it.

‘Prahaar’ has published the facts on 7th January that Corporation’s ‘favorite’ RPS Infraproject company purposely kept the tender incomplete so that Bharat Supreme Infraproject could get the contract. It is suspicious that RPS, the company which is currently undertaking many road works in western suburbs and eligible to be assigned Marine Drive project is ineligible to do road works in eastern suburbs.

With reference to this news, Pravin Chheda of Congress mentioned in front of Standing Committee that RPS purposely withdrew from the tender process to promote Bharat Supreme company. If this company accurately submits documents for other projects then why only for this project it failed to produce documents, questioned Chheda. BJP Corporator Manoj Kotak also seconded Chheda’s appeal. Such companies should not be considered for next projects, Kotak opined.

Municipal officers are creating conflicts between contractors and public representatives by issuing such tenders, said House Leader Yashodhar Phanse. When Rahul Shewale, the president of Standing Committee said the problem is in tender committee so it will be advisable to change the members of it. He instructed the Corporation to put ‘no entry’ sign for contractors who withdraw on the grounds of ineligibility.

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