BMC to change road ten­der norms to curb mal­prac­tices

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Lax­man Singh lax­man.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: In the wake of the road work scam that has re­cently come to light, the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) has pro­posed ma­jor changes to the ten­der­ing process for civic con­tracts to keep a check on con­trac­tors’ car­tels and the con­se­quent ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Some of them in­clude re­lax­ation of norms to en­cour­age bid­ders, im­ple­men­ta­tion of uni­form ten­der con­di­tions for all de­part­ments and a manda­tory five-year warranty pe­riod for con­trac­tors. Also, con­sid­er­ing the ma­nip­u­la­tion in records main­tained by con­trac­tors and civic en­gi­neers, the civic body is likely to in­tro­duce geo-tag­ging for all works.

The BMC re­cently filed a case against six con­trac­tors and two third-party au­di­tors, along with sus­pen­sion of two se­nior of­fi­cials, af­ter a probe re­port found the work on 34 roads, worth Rs352 crore, was sub­stan­dard, with sev­eral ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Hin­dus­tan Times on May 5 re­ported the BMC was plan­ning an over­haul of the ten­der­ing process to curb cor­rup­tion and i r reg­u­lar­i­ties i n civic con­tracts. CON­TIN­UED ON P10

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